O'Shaughnessy's Map Now Available at the Museum
November 13, 2010
As part of the current exhibition All the Way Down Market at our San Francisco Railway Museum, we're displaying a map of San Francisco's street railways drafted for O'Shaughnessy in 1921. The original was donated to the museum by the family of the late James Adler.
The 16 x 20 inch map shows all the streetcar lines and cable car lines operating in the city almost 90 years ago, along with the few bus lines then in existence. The corners have a distinctive intertwined "SF", almost anticipating the Giants' logo still more than a third of a century in the future! It also includes radii drawn at one-mile intervals from the Ferry Building which was, of course, the center of the known transit universe at the time. The map has sparked a lot of conversation along with requests to buy reproductions of it.
In response, we have created a limited edition reproduction of 100 of this fascinating map, in the same 16 x 20 inch size, scale, and colors as the original. It is printed on archival-quality mat board, highly suitable for framing. It will make a great conversation piece on your wall and a dandy holiday gift for any San Franciscan or city lover.
This exclusive map is available for $39.95 (10% off for our members) only at the museum, 77 Steuart Street, (open daily except Monday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) with all proceeds benefiting Market Street Railway's mission of preserving historic transit in San Francisco.
We've included a sliver of the map here so you can get an idea of what it is. We hope you'll drop by the see the whole map, plus our exhibit of then-and-now photos documenting 150 years of rail transit on Market Street. And while you're in, don't forget to pick up our new 2011 calendar!