The cradle of the computer industry
By HOBURG, Maryanne Regal, 1983
Silicon Valley Courtesy of EATON Addington Yig-Tek.
- Author: HOBURG, Maryanne Regal
- Publication place: Fremont
- Publisher: City Graphics of America, P.O. Box 261, Fremont, Calif. 94538
- Publication date: 1983.
- Physical description: Colour printed pictorial map.
- Dimensions: 760 by 1010mm. (30 by 39.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11943
The map is also an affectionate record of life in Silicon Valley outside of the tech bubble, filled with facts, local legends and attractions. The importance of the two major universities, Stanford and Santa Clara, in innovations and education is emphasised: Stanford was where the first heart transplant took place in 1968 and the University of Santa Clara was the oldest Catholic university on the west coast. There are several prominent vineyards, including one that “serves the White House”. Gary Dahl, the man who became a millionaire by selling 1.5 million ‘Pet Rocks’ for four dollars each, is shown with one on a lead below Measurex. And the local Chuck E. Cheese (their headquarters is at the top of the map) is labelled as a great place to have a birthday.
The map was produced by a small graphic design company, City Graphics of America. City Graphics would produce fun pictorial maps and ask businesses to buy a place on the map. They would then simplify the urban landscape to make room for the names of the businesses and comic illustrations.
We have only been able to trace one institutional copy in the Computer History Museum, California, and no other copies offered for sale. The California copy is subtitled “Courtesy of ELXSI” rather than “Courtesy of EATON Addington Yig-Tek”, suggesting that companies paid to have different versions of the map with their names attached. In this printing of the map the zip code appears as 94538; earlier examples appear with the zip code as 94537.