City of Calgary Interim Zoning Guide 24x18” print  ($40 CAD)
I’m  trying hard to keep the Ephemera Party diverse, but here’s one of many city planning gems I'm offering—this one from from the City of Calgary’s 1952 Interim Zoning Guide and drawn by C. G. A. May. I can’t remember much about how I found this, except that it was an accidental online find during a research binge, the colours may have been inverted (white lines on a blue page), it was in bad shape (I fixed it somewhat), and I was completely charmed by the “Types of Residential Buildings” diagram. If you’re a Calgary city planner or architect, why isn’t this on your wall? Printed with exactly the same machine, paper, and ink as my high quality art prints. Dimensions include a half-inch margin.





La Cité de Montréal by S. H. Maw 24x18” print ($40 CAD)
S. H. Maw was “a brilliant delineator, etcher, architect, cartographer and designer” who lived everywhere from England to Ontario, and there is not a more colourful, explanatory, or detailed pictorial map of Montréal than this one. It was drawn in 1942 for that city’s tercentenary celebrations, a time when he was teaching Architectural Rendering at McGill. See also Maw’s Ville de Québec in 1932 (very much in the same style) and let me know if you ever find his 1944 Ottawa illustration. A reproduction on Epson enhanced matte paper, includes a half-inch margin.




Pictorial & Tourist Map of the City of Ottawa 36x24" print ($60 CAD)
Besides being a handsome oversized map of the City of Ottawa made in 1940 by that city's Industrial and Publicity Bureau, that orange line shows a "suggested motor tour" route of Ottawa and Hull, and the box at bottom left gives a list of worthwhile stops. Someone please take the tour route and let me know if it's still fun eighty-some years later. A reproduction of an image I found at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's map collection, of all places, printed with a half-inch margin.




St. John's Coronation Souvenir Map 36x24" print ($60 CAD)
On the 12th of May 1937 George VI and Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne of the Empire, and three dozen or so St. John's businesses thought it a great time to pool their advertising dollars and make this sweet two-colour map. George and Elizabeth are at top centre, the map is by city engineer W. P. Ryan, and my favourite ad is for H. J. Thomas & Son contractors and builders, who are bragging about having made Cabot Tower in 1901. Second place goes to the "Bert Guzzwell, Direct Importer & General Dealer in Heavy Duty Horses." This reproduction includes a half inch margin.




Street Cars and Vehicles in the Downtown District of Toronto 24x36” print  ($60 CAD)
If you spent most Friday nights cruising through arcane U of T Map & Data Library websites about the comings of goings of the Toronto Civic Transportation Committee circa 1915, you’d maybe find a yellowed and bent version of this beautiful pre-information age infographic. I did, and I’ve whitened the paper, cleaned it up, and straightened the bends, and what was once a utilitarian chart is now a utopia of organic forms (Queen’s Park) and Mondrianesque gridded lattice (everything else). We’re the only people who’ve seen this in a long, long, time. Dimensions of this print reproduction include a half-inch margin.