Yuca’s

hand drawn map of los angeles california
Unknown, Yuca’s, c. 2009 [Los Angeles, California] original web archive: map 237

An anonymous contributor sent this map to Yuca’s in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles along with their recommendation to eat at the small taco stand for lunch. This was in 2009, mind you, and we pride ourselves in doing our research. We all know the American Apparel is no longer there, and just in case this map inspires you to lunch at Yuca’s, be aware it may have moved. Luckily, their website says its only a few blocks away on Hillhurst.

Browne’s Addition Food Map

hand drawn map of spokane washington
Amaris Ketcham, Browne’s Addition Food Map, 2009 [Spokane, Washington] original web archive: map 210

This detailed and accurate hand-drawn map indicates the location of fruit trees and bushes in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood of Spokane, Washington. Though it was drawn over 11 years ago, the map could likely be used today to find the very same fruit trees Amaris identified. Go ahead and try Spokanians…(Spokanites?).

A-Z Addendum

hand drawn map of london added to a spiral bound atlas
Unknown (drawn for Viviane Schwarz), A to Z Addendum, c. 2008 [London, United Kingdom] original web archive: map 48

Shortly after moving to London, Viviane purchased an A-Z Atlas, the most popular way to navigate the complex city prior to the smartphone. Even with the atlas, she kept getting lost. To help, her friend drew this map indicating, in general terms, the location of her flat, and where she could find food. The friend even took time to punch holes in the pages so they could be added to the spiral bound book. Viviane, like many A-Z owners, continued to add her own pages of notes and addendums until the atlas became quite bulky. She wrote, “Now I know my way around London, but I still use the ‘enhanced’ A-Z; I like to be reminded that the world can be confusing at times.”