San Francisco: Matson Navigation Company, 1936. Colorful highly decorative, large folding 4 page poster/brochure with fanciful color map illustrated by E. H. Baker, showing the route between San Francisco and Australia with stops in the Pacific along the way.
The front panel of the brochure is illustrated with a color photographic image of a woman in an elegant red evening gown reclining on a deck chair. The brochure opens to a spread featuring text providing cruise information, and color images of Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, including images of a Maori woman in one panel and koala bears in another, and elegant young female travelers posing in various locations on board.
The Ernest Baker illustrated map (at page 4), has vignette illustrations flanking the route from the US coast to Australia, which include a Chinese man with pigtail at San Francisco, Hawaiian dancers, Samoan outrigger canoe, giant sea turtle, sponge diver, and King Neptune reclining at the Equator. The vignettes are depicted against a deep blue and white ocean; the whole poster surrounded by a highly detailed nature scene crowned by a palm tree at the top. Australia is illustrated with an emu, sheep, and a camel transporting water barrels, while New Zealand is depicted with a Maori warrior and a canoe.
Ernest H. Baker (1889 - 1975) was an illustrator from Poughkeepsie NY admired for his color cover illustrations for Fortune and Time magazine, in particular his Time portraits of George Marshall and Howard Hughes. Baker also designed propaganda posters supporting the war effort, and worked on WPA projects in the 1930s and 40s.
50 x 38" open, folds to 26 x 38". Period folds, flattened. A few perforations at fold intersections, a few small damp stains on verso of map, some chipping bottom edge. Not found on Trove or World Cat (OCLC: 123481228 locates only the Summer Season for 1936). Very good overall. Item #25818