Los Angeles metropolitan area map
This illustrated map of the metropolitan Los Angeles area was originally printed on paper, and sold both as a folded 4" x 9" map, and as an 18" x 24" laminated map. The folded map was handy to carry around, while the laminated map was ideal to use as a wall decoration in a home, dorm room, or recreational site. Today, most of this map is available on a wooden tray. See below.
The map features the entire metropolitan area, from San Fernando and the San Gabriel mountains in the north to Newport Beach and Irvine in the south; from the Pacific Ocean on the west, to Claremont, Ontario, and Pomona on the east. Dozens of illustrations highlight the points of interest.
An enlarged section of the map
This enlarged section of the map shows the clarity provided on the original map.
A wooden tray based on this map
This wooden serving tray covers most of the area shown on the map. It can be purchased on Amazon or Etsy.
How this map came to be:
The first edition of this map came out in 1989 as part of a two-sided, folded map that was sold at visitor attractions, convenience stores, gas stations, and similar locations. That was back in the days before GPS revolutionized the map industry.
On the back side of the map were printed several smaller maps, including ones of downtown Los Angeles, Exposition Park, Griffith Park, downtown Pasadena, and Southern Orange County. More information about these other maps is available here
Some of those printed maps were never folded, but instead were laminated. The laminated maps were used for promotional display at retail locations, as well as sold to people who wanted a unfolded map they could put up on one of their walls.
As maps became available on computers, cellphones, and other devices, the popularity of folded paper maps declined, so much so that I no longer publish them.
Copyright © by Carol Mendel