"[Untitled - Florida]", Harper Bros.
Period: 1932 (circa)
Publication: Berta and Elmer Hader's Picture Book of the States
Color: Printed Color
8.8 x 12 inches
22.4 x 30.5 cm
This appealing cartoon map of the state comes from Berta and Elmer Hader's Picture Book of the States, first published in 1932. The map is dense with charming and humorous illustrations that evoke the spirit of Florida: navy men near Pensacola, a native attacking a Spanish settler around St. Augustine, a woman wrestling a gator by the Everglades, an elegant lady next to a box of cigars in Tampa, and a giant orange grove in the state's center. Several planes and gulls fly above the state, and the waters are filled with interesting sights, including a pirate ship, an old style galleon, a man being dragged behind a swordfish, and sponge divers off the coast of Tarpon Springs. A compass rose capped with a bird in lieu of a fleur-de-lis adorns the bottom left corner. The Haders are probably best known for their renowned children's books, while Elmer was the artist behind the iconic original dust cover for Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
Some very slight wear along the sheet's edges, else fine.