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NEW and IMPROVED Vintage Art Deco HIGH-TECH

Shamus Town Raymond Chandler

Mystery Map
of Greater Los Angeles

(circa 19322014)

 

ISBN 978-0-692-33416-4
UPC 687847999638
EAN 0687847999638

On the front of the Map – The Raymond Chandler Mystery Map of Greater Los Angeles: The Wonder City of America.

Based on the detective fiction of Raymond Chandler. Includes Raymond Chandler related sites in the greater Los Angeles area.

A wonderful reader's companion to Raymond Chandler's detective fiction.

The base map art of Los Angeles was designed and drawn by Karl M. Leuschner in 1932, and modified by Loren Latker in 2014.

Leuschner was born in Berlin, Germany on Aug. 22, 1878, and was a graduate of the Berlin Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Leuschner immigrated to the U.S. in 1906, settling in New York. He graduated from Oswego Normal University and then taught art in the public schools of Rochester, NY. He moved to Los Angeles in 1926 and taught at Otis Art Institute. He earned his doctorate from UCLA while working for local lithographers (including Western Lithographers). He also developed a sophisticated color chart. He moved to San Francisco in 1936, and died there on May 30, 1940 at the age of 62.

The base map "art" of The Raymond Chandler Mystery Map of Greater Los Angeles is, as described in "Los Angeles In Maps" by Glen Creason of the Los Angeles Public Library, "an attempt to paint a beautiful and tidy picture of southland charms," in the form of a pictorial map. Such maps rose in popularity with both advertisers and the public in the 1930s, especially around the time of the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Creason continues: "Offering the classic profile of the greater Los Angeles area, this eye-catching, wide-angle look at the metropolitan area of 'Greater Los Angeles' demonstrates an amazingly broad view of the city's recreational, industrial, and cultural vibrancy. ... As an accurate bit of cartography, the map is not even close to reality, but as a work of art it is worthy of depicting "the wonder city of America," spiced by the ... artist's playful sense of humor."

"Though published in the year of the Olympics in Los Angeles, this map only minimally mentions the Olympic auditorium, the Olympic village, the understated Olympic Stadium (later Memorial Coliseum), and the Olympic rowing course. Instead there is representation of several rubber manufacturers, all gone now, including U.S. Rubber, Firestone, Goodrich, and the Goodyear plant and blimp hovering over the well-represented Long Beach. All of the oil fields can he found along the southern petroleum belt, from Venice to Torrance to mighty Signal Hill, then Dominguez and out to Santa Fe Springs. The points of interest chosen are eccentric and drawn with some reflection of the mapmaker's tastes."

Leuschner's public domain map was chosen as the base for the Chandler Mystery Map because it is such a wonderful piece of art, created at around the same time that Raymond Chandler began to write detective fiction.

However, in creating the modern Mystery Map, all hand written text was stripped out and the map was patched where the text had been. Other changes, corrections and additions were then made to the base art, and then all the text was replaced using a modern computer font that approximated the artists original hand lettered text. The Map Key was also enlarged, and Chandler locations were added. 287 QR Codes were then created and placed in the enlarged border, and on the backside of the map.

There are 127 QR Codes on the map front and 160 on the back, showing locations related to Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe, his quintessential fictional American hardboiled detective hero/Western Hero/White Knight.

Also INCLUDED in the 287 codes are 50 newly discovered sites that the real P.I. Samuel B. Marlowe escorted Raymond Chandler to sometime in the 1930s.

For best results scanning the QR Codes with a smart phone or pad/tablet/pablet, use a QR Code app with an INTEGRATED MAP VIEWER, like "QR Code Reader and Scanner" by ShopSavvy, or TapMedia's "QR Reader."

On the back of the Map: The Kirkman-Harriman Pictorial and Historical Map of Los Angeles County – – 1860 A.D. Includes Principal Historic Sites - Old Highways - Also Battlefields. Plus, Spanish, Mexican and early American sites in Old Los Angeles County

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"From Shop to Shop on Hollywood Boulevard: The Worlds Most Colorful Way." Based on a 1930 Map compiled and drawn from City Official Records and Personal Surveys by Cormac E. Mc Connell C.E.

The "Kirkman-Harriman Pictorial and Historical Map of Los Angeles County 1860 AD – 1937 AD" is a rare and unique map that every child in Southern California should own and use during grades Three through Five as they study the American Indians in California, as well as the period of Spanish Exploration, the Mission period and the Mexican rule of Alta California, and the subsequent war of independence.

The Kirkman-Harriman Map is also one that adults will treasure, especially those who love maps, Los Angeles and Southern California.

The Map is also rare: The downtown Los Angeles Public Library has one, but few other copies are known to exist. Copyrighted in 1938, if the U.S. Copyright Office has an example, they have not made it publicly available.

Changes were made to portions of the Kirkman-Harriman Map to make it more legible.

The history of George Wycherley Kirkman, the man who drew the map, is, if such is possible, even more interesting than the map itself: From organizing, equipping and training troop G, Ogalala Sioux Scouts, commanding a detachment on a Southern Pacific train during the "Great Pullman Strike" of 1894, to leading his men with great gallantry at El Caney in Cuba during the Spanish American War, George Wycherly Kirkman, was an officer, a gentleman and a hero.

But in peace time he had difficulties in the early 1900s: He had an affair with another officer's wife, getting her pregnant, and "ruining her life," as she said just days before she killed herself. He was courts-martial – twice for the same conduct unbecoming offense – drummed out of the Army and confined to the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He petitioned for early release but was denied.

By the 1920s he was in Los Angeles writing articles on California History for the Los Angeles Times, and with William Rudy Harriman, produced his map in 1937, although it is unknown just what role Mr. Harriman, who was twice the Superintendent of Rancho Los Amigos Poor Farm (now Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center), had in creating the map.

The "From Shop to Shop on Hollywood Boulevard: The Worlds Most Colorful Way." map is based on a 1930 Map compiled and drawn from City Official Records and Personal Surveys by Cormac E. Mc Connell C.E., of McConnell Economic Surveys. Not much is know, nor written about Cormac Edward McConnell. He was born in Lancashire, West Derby Ireland on October 20, 1894, and died in Costa Mesa, California on March 22, 1979.

In between he became a Civil Engineer and formed his own company, McConnell Economic Surveys.

His company was primarily concerned with providing economic development surveys in the City of Los Angeles and southern California: Los Angeles and Orange counties; various counties throughout California; Nogales, Arizona; and Reno, Nevada, from the 1920s to the 1970s. The surveys were conducted by McConnell on behalf of various businesses and other entities in order to anticipate construction costs and the likely profitability of business situated in a specified geographic space.

The bulk of the McConnell Economic Survey collection is now in the Library of Congress, and presumably in the Public Domain. However, the library has not put any of the material online and the material can only be viewed in a Library of Congress reading room.

Shamus Town was able to obtain a high resolution scan of McConnell's Hollywood Boulevard map. However, the scan picked up so much of the linen fabric pattern that the scan was unusable and the entire map had to be recreated anew. In so doing many of the less interesting technical feature, like the interior dimension of individual stores, etc., were left out.

In addition to the two maps and 160 QR Codes, the back of the map contains the map covers, the Key to the Kirkman map, the above description of George Wycherly Kirkman, and two vintage crime scene photos from the Doheny murder-suicide case and a quote from Chandler's High Window about "The Cassidy Case," which is what Chandler called the Doheny case.

The Raymond Chandler Mystery Map of Greater Los Angeles is printed 4/4 (2 sided full color) on 100 lb Dull Text 27" x 39" paper stock with a Dull Aqueous coating. The map folds down to 28 4x10" panels (or pages) in a standard Gas Station road map size.

The map is shipped folded in a #11 clear, USPS approved, sleeve.

$17.99 (free shipping and handling). 9% sales tax will be added to California purchases.

The modern original map art was designed at 160" x 110", or 13 x 9 feet. The folded map is printed at 25%.

A full size 13x9 foot map is available by special order. Smaller versions of the map are also availble: Keep in mind that while the smaller sized printed maps will look good, they will probably require the use of a magnifying glass to read any text and/or see any details.

Single sided poster size maps are also available at shamustown.com.

A reproduction of the front mystery map, printed on heavy 27" x 36" Poster Photo Satin paper, is also available. Shipped rolled in a 3" x 36" mailing tube. $55.99, plus tax for California residents.

Purchase the folded two sided map below:


Purchase a single sided mystery map suitable for framing below:


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  Kirkman-Harriman Pictorial and Historical Map of Los

Angeles county 1860 AD 1938 AD

The "Kirkman-Harriman Pictorial and Historical Map of Los Angeles County 1860 AD 1937 AD" is a map that every child in Southern California should own and use during grades Three through Five as they study the American Indians in California, as well as the period of Spanish Exloration, the Mission period and the Mexican rule of Alta California, and the subsequent war of independence.

The Kirkman-Harriman Map is also one that adults will treasure, especially those who love maps and Southern California.

The Map is also rare: The downtown Los Angeles Public Library has one, but few other examples exist. Copyrighted in 1938, if the U.S. Copyright Office has an example, they have not made it available.

I have made changes to portions of the map to make it more legible.

This Art Photo Print reproduction is printed on heavy 32" x 29" Poster Photo Satin paper, and comes with a separate printed key.

The history of George Wycherley Kirkman, the man who drew the map, is, if such is possible, even more interesting than the map itself: From organizing, equipping and trainning troop G, Ogalala Sioux Scouts; commanding a detachment on a Southern Pacific train during the "Great Pullman Strike" of 1894, to leading his men with great gallantry at El Caney in Cuba during the Spanish American War, George Wycherly Kirkman, was an officer, a gentleman and a hero.

But in peace time he had difficulties in the early 1900s: He had an affair with another officer's wife, getting her pregnant, and "ruining her life," as she said just days before she killed herself. He was Court Martialed twice for the same conduct unbecoming offence drummed out of the Army and confined to the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB), Fort Leavenworth Kansas.

By the 1920s he was in Los Angeles writing articles on California history for the Los Angeles TImes, and with William Rudy Harriman, produced this map in 1937, although it is unknown just what role Mr. Harriman, who was twice the Superintendant of Rancho Los Amigos Poor Farm (now Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center), had in creating the map.

Reproduction printed on heavy 32" x 29" Poster Photo Satin paper. Comes with a separate printed key (available HERE for downloading and perusal before buying). Shipped rolled in a 3" x 36" mailing tube. $46.99.


 
       
 

 

 


      

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From Shop to Shop on Hollywood Boulevard Map:

The Worlds Most Colorful Way, Including a Legal

Index Map of Central Hollywood

The "From Shop to Shop on Hollywood Boulevard: The Worlds Most Colorful Way." map is based on a 1930 Map compiled and drawn from City Official Records and Personal Surveys by Cormac E. Mc Connell C.E., of McConnell Economic Surveys. Not much is know, nor written about, Cormac Edward McConnell. He was born in Lancashire, West Derby Ireland on October 20, 1894, and died in Costa Mesa, California on March 22, 1979.

In between he became a Civil Engineer and formed his own company, McConnell Economic Surveys.

His company was primarily concerned with providing economic development surveys in the City of Los Angeles and southern Califorina (Los Angeles and Orange counties; various counties throughout California; Nogles, Arizona; and Reno, Nevada) from the 1920s to the 1970s. The surveys were conducted by McConnell on behalf of various businesses and other entities in order to anticipate construction costs and the likely profitability of business situated in a specified geographic space.

The bulk of the McConnell Economic Survey collection is now in the Library of Congress, and presumably in the Public Domain. However, the library has not put any of the material online and the material can only be viewed in a Library of Congress reading room.

I was able to obtain a high resolution scan of McConnell's Hollywood Boulevard map. However, the scan picked up so much of the linen fabric pattern that the scan was unusable and I had to recreate the entire map anew. In doing so I left off many of the less interesting tecnical feature, like the interior dimension of the individual stores.

Reproduction printed on heavy "30 x 69" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 3" x 36" mailing tube. $89.99, including shipping and handling.

 
       
 

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The Playdate Kids growing up books by Dr. Annie Thiel
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  And Brothers Once by Richard Thiel
All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders.

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Art Photo Prints: Panorama and poster size

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Speeding Ostrich
Sometime in the 1920s a photographer captured an unusal situation by today's (2013) standards, or a publicity stunt: A driver received a traffic ticket from a LAPD motorcycle officer at 2922 West Pico Blvd, near Harvard Blvd, for speeding around in an Ostrich drawn cart to generate business. There were two Ostrich Farms in Los Angeles in those days, so speeding Ostrich carts were commenly seen. Printed on heavy 13" x 44" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 3" x 15" mailing tube. Actual print size is 13" x 44". $38.99

 

 
 

 

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Castellammare Panorama

In 1927 a photographer, probably for TICOR Title, stood on the spot that this Panorama was taken, and shot this picture of a garage and house under construction on a Castellammare hillside (area of Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles): The garage at 17531 Posetano Rd and the house above at 17520 Revello Dr.

The home was for Actress Jewel Carmen, wife of Director Roland West, the lover and business partner of Thelma Todd, who lived on the upper floor of Todd's Cafe on Pacific Coast Highway in 1935, next to the pedestrian bridge spanning the hightway, which is visible in the center of the panorama.

The garage is where Thelma Todd was found dead in December 1935, and is visible center right: The blue doors on Posetano.

Printed on heavy 13" x 44" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 3" x 15" mailing tube. Actual print size is 13" x 44". $38.99.

 

 
 

 

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  Downtown Los Angeles Panorama (1923)
This Panormaa was shot with a #6 Cirkut Camera. Taken from the balcony of a building on Hill street across from the former La Plaza Abaja (Lower Plaza), later named Central Park, and renmed Pershing Square in 1918 ­ in honor of John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing ­ the building is long gone and replaced by the modern International Jewelry Building.

Since the Builtmore opened in 1923, and construction can clearly been seen going on the the windows of the hotel, it is reasonable to assume that this photo dates to 1923.

Reproduction printed on heavy 6" x 40" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 3" 15" mailing tube. $36.99.

 

 
 

 

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  Effie Street Mack Sennett Studio Panorama (1916)
Another #6 Cirkut Camera Panorama, this one 26" long. Taken from the top of the Effie Street steps above the Mack Sennett Studio, home of the Keystone Kops, Ben Turpin and Charlie Chaplin, this dates to 1916. While the forground building with a scrim roof no talkies yet and using the vast quantities of available California sunlight, hence the scrim is long gone, the stage building across Glendale Blvd., is still standing. A roller rink when I was growing up in the neighborhood, it is currently a Public Storage facility, sitting above a Jack-In-the Box.

Reproduction printed on heavy 12" x 26" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 3" x 15" mailing tube. Actual print size is 7" x 26". $32.99.

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  Traffic at Temple and Figueroa (1950)
And you think Los Angeles Traffic is bad now!

The intersection of Temple Street and Figueroa Circa 1950. Looking South toward Temple with the long gone classic black Terra­cotta Richfield Building barely visible through the afternoon smog, a SigAlert just waiting to happen! And these old cars really pumped out the hydrocarbons, gasp.

Reproduction printed on heavy 17" x 20" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 3" x 24" mailing tube. $30.99.

 

 
 

 

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  Downtown Street scene (1927)
Downtown Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties. Raymond Chandler could have seen this scene as he made his way around the downtown area daily: In fact, he may be in this picture!

This photo was taken in front of the Walter P. Story building, between 6th & 7th, looking North up Broadway.

Reproduction printed on heavy 12" x 18" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 2" x 24" mailing tube. Actual print size is 6" x 18". $29.99

 

 
 

 

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  Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills Panorama
From "The Long Goodby, Chapter One: "I was living that year in a house on Yucca Avenue in the Laurel Canyon district. It was a small hillside house on a dead-end street with a long flight of redwood steps to the front door and a grove of eucalyptus trees across the way."

This view is from Grand View Drive in the Laurel Canyon district. Chandler was known for mixing locations, so it should be no surprise that Yucca Trail, which is off Kirkwood Dr, which itself is off Laurel Canyon, isn't a dead-end street, but turns into Grand View Drive, which then circles around and turns back into Kirkwood. There is also a short dead-end bit of road named Yucca Lane which could be the model for Marlowe's Yucca Avenue address. And, just to mix things up a bit more, there is a Yucca Street in downtown Hollywood. So, just up the hill and one street over from where Marlowe was living, would have been this grand view of Los Angeles, Hollywood and the Westside. Of course, in the 1950s there would have been a bit more vacant land.

Printed on heavy 13" x 44" Poster Photo Satin paper. Shipped rolled in a 2" x 24" mailing tube. Actual print size is 13" x 44". $38.99.

 

 
 
 
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Shamus Town Photo Art Print

The Shamus Town "photo art" is a composite created in Adobe Photoshop CS. What that means is that Shamus Town is made up of 21 different layers. Eight (8) of those layers are different photographs. Two are historical: a postcard from the 1920s showing Hollywood and Vine from Argile. It was damaged and yellowed with age, which actually added to the total look and feel. The other is a photo of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine on August 15, 1945 - VJ Day (Victory in Japan Day, the end of WWII for those not around then).

As it happens, I was in that intersection on that day. Just three years and 17 days old, my parents put me on the package shelf of my father's 1930 something black Plymouth Coupe and drove down Hollywood Boulevard. It is one of my earliest recollections -- the confetti floating down from the windows of the Taft and Equitable Buildings, perhaps the Broadway Hollywood Building as well.

The other photos layers are ones I shot of Hollywood Boulevard in 2005.

The other layers add different effects, like blending, boosting the saturation, masking and altering the colors.

By the way, 20 8x10 photos of this photo-art, Titled "Hollywood Then And Now," were sold to Malibu Global Awareness board members, raising $2000 for Doctors Without Borders. Three 17x10 prints were sold at auction at the June 2006 MGA fund raiser at Cindy Landon's estate in Malibu, raising more money for Doctors Without Borders. 18" x 30". Shipped rolled in 2" x 24" mailing tube. $39.99

 

 
       
 
 
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Hollywood Then & Now Photo Art Print

Same Art Photo as above with the exception that it says Hollwood Then and Now. Same size options and prices.

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