- VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1884 San Francisco Map Art. Our museum quality maps are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
- MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional’s choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
- A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1884 San Francisco Map Art. This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
- READY TO FRAME: This print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
- HISTORIX: We love history and art. Sometimes old maps have tears, folds, separations and other blemishes. We digitally restore and enhance maps while keeping its historical character. All our maps are proudly made in the USA. Customers all over the world love our vintage maps and we know you will too.
Published in 1884, this depiction of pre gold rush San Francisco, then Yerba Buena, portrays the city in the year that it became a part of the United States following the conclusion of the Mexican-American War. This iconic city was a sleepy port that had been under Mexican control but was about to experience one of the most significant booms in American History, which would forever transform the culture and landscape of the region. The gold rush started in 1848 with James Marshall’s discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill. It brought approximately 300,000 eager prospectors looking to make their fortune in the rich hills surrounding San Francisco. This population boom expanded agricultural interests and cattle ranching throughout the state to meet the demands of these transplants.
San Francisco had a population of 200 in 1846, and this depiction illustrates the sleepy hamlet in a serenity that it would never again experience. The construction of roads, schools, churches, and mining equipment merchants sprung up nearly overnight. With no established system for maintaining property claims, prospectors staked claims and sought riches.
This bird’s eye perspective would have been produced as a relic to remind residents of their History and what the city had once looked like before the distinctive cable cars and victorian architecture created the aesthetic of late-twentieth-century San Francisco. The 1880s were a time of great prosperity for the city and found civic leaders laying plans for what would later become Golden Gate Park.
Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube your print will arrive ready to be framed. This eye-catching vintage map print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.