Your Shell Map of 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Squaw Valley California
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Commissioned by Shell Oil to promote their sponsorship of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. The map shows not only the games’s site, but the surrounding area as far east as Virginia City (and including Lake Tahoe) and as far west as Grass Valley. Shell Product & Service sites are shown by a small Shell logo.
Don Bloodgood “was one of a half dozen illustrators and pictorial map-makers that called Arizona home. Significant among the others are Eugene Upton, George Avery, Katherine Cahill and Reg Manning. He spent much of his time in Sedona and was influenced by the Sedona “mystery”” (Richard Cloward). He “lived and worked in Sedona, Arizona, during the 1960s through the 1980s. A cartoonist and map-maker, he published much of his later work in Arizona. His earlier maps, however, emerged from a variety of sources. Shell Oil sponsored his 1935 California-Pacific International Exposition map, and his 1947-1948 map of North America, Ask Shell. Shell Oil’s touring service division also published several ‘laff’ maps drawn by Bloodgood, some as late as 1950. Pic-Tour Guide Maps published his Pic-Tour Map of Washington, D.C. in 1952. The Washington, DC-based company produced tourism-oriented sightseeing maps, many drawn by Bloodgood, for a variety of locations, including Hawaii, Alaska, Southern California, Canada’s maritime Provinces, Washington, DC, New Mexico, and Arizona… In 1960, under commission from the Navajo Tribal Council, Bloodgood drew Navajo-land, a large, full-color, illustrated map depicting both traditional and emerging Navajo lifeways. Finally, Bloodgood also produced several maps of northern Arizona. He drew these for the chambers of commerce in Verde Valley, Seona, and Flagstaff” (Dori Griffin, Mapping Wonderland, Illustrated Cartography of Arizona, 1912-1962, 2013, pages 186-187).