California Pictorial Map
Orange County Ranchos

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Orange County Ranchos
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Orange County Ranchos
Lowell Butler (after)
The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Orange County California
Title Insurance and Trust Company
Los Angeles: c. 1955
Photo process print
15.5 x 18 inches, image
17.5 x 20.5 inches, overall
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Pictorial map of Orange County in California showing the division of the land as it appeared in its early ranchland history, rendered in bold colors with an Art Deco flavor to the way the divisions are shaded. Contemporary locations are denoted, such as Irvine, Laguna Beach, Sunset Beach, Anaheim, Brea, Santa Ana, and Newport Beach. La Mission San Juan Capistrano is illustrated. The ocean is decorated with whimsical illustrations, including a fish, whale, starfish, mythical creature, and a ship. Another large illustration shows a man in traditional Spanish dress playing the guitar and riding a donkey. The decorative cartouche design combines Mannerist strapwork and Art Deco. A male and female Spaniard in traditional costume stand on either side, below hangs a pendant medallion labeled “TI” for Title Insurance and Trust Company, Los Angeles. The company issued this promotional map, presumably to encourage the purchase of land in Orange County using the firm’s services, as well as to provide a resource for homeowners interested in the early history of their properties.

Title Insurance & Trust Co. published a 20-page booklet in 1955 authored by W.W. Robinson, with the same title as this map, presumably to accompany it. Title Insurance & Trust Co. also published numerous other books relating to California land history.

Lowell Butler created pictorial maps for publications of the Automobile Club of Southern California in the mid 1950s, including A Map of the Marked Historical Sites of California (c. 1952), Outdoor Play Places of California (c. 1954) and Spanish California: A Map of the Missions, Presidios, Pueblos and Some of the More Interesting Ranchos (c. 1956).