San Francisco: Oz by the Bay.
- Author: ZELL-BREIER, Rob
- Publication place: [San Francisco]
- Publisher: City Graphics
- Publication date: 1989.
- Physical description: Colour printed pictorial map.
- Dimensions: 630 by 960mm. (24.75 by 37.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15083
Rather than a geographically accurate map of the city, it is instead a whimsical illustration of colourful advertisements, with emphasis on pro-LGBT businesses and attractions. From iconic restaurants to the Haight-Ashbury and from Symphony Hall to Maud’s bar, which claims to be the oldest bar in the world for women, the map’s illustrations and landmarks reflect a relaxed perspective regarding lifestyle within the city. San Francisco’s reputation of being one of the largest LGBT communities in the world fits suitably into its likeness to Oz. Frank L. Baum’s books, and even more so the 1939 film starring Judy Garland (note that this map was published in the year of the film’s 50th anniversary), have a particular resonance among the queer community, with the story seen to mirror the difficulties, and eventual rewards, of coming out — a journey from black-and-white puritanical Kansas to the Technicolor World of Oz. In fact, Garland’s celebrated rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is often credited with helping to propel the rainbow flag to its current status. The LGBT rainbow flag can be seen flying with the San Francisco Flag below the Map’s title.
Rare. We were only able to trace only one institutional copy held by UC Berkeley, and no record of auction sale.