[California] California Highway Patrol, Map of California. Showing the Offices of the Highway Patrol Offices. Sacramento: California State Printing Office, June, 1953. A large fold-out map 22 ½ in x 17 ½ in, inside a folding brochure issued during the last year of then Gov. Earl Warren’s tenure (Jan. 1, 1943 – Oct. 5, 1953). Printed endorsements of B. R. Caldwell, California Highway Patrol Commissioner and Governor Earl Warren, with a facsimile signature of Gov. Warren, below a “Message to Motorists from California’s Governor,” appeared on the back of the folding motorist’s map. A few slight fold tears, with no paper loss and no loss of text, otherwise as originally issued in 1953.
Created to promote safety, to enforce the traffic laws and provide assistance to motorists in distress, this black-and-white map was folded to enable it to fit into a pocket or an automobile’s glove box. The verso reminded a driver of the manifold functions of the California Highway Patrol: enforcement of traffic law, commercial technical laws applying to commercial vehicles, first aid by trained Highway Patrol officers, accident investigation to determine the cause of an accident, mechanical inspection to discover and remedy shortcomings of a vehicle’s lighting, braking and signaling devices, and of the training at the Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento during a 12-week course given to recruit officers, selected after meeting physical and mental tests. “What You Should Know About Driving in California,” informed the driver in 1953 the speed limit on all rural highways was “unless posted lower” was 45 mph if pulling a trailer, 25 mph in a business or residential districts, parks or playgrounds, 15 mph in school zones or at blind curves, Rules of the road for passing, and for night, mountain and bad weather driving, as well as the interpretation of yellow signs giving advance warnings were all explained on the back of the folding map.
The map itself showed a driver the exact location and listed all addresses of the California Highway Patrol Offices statewide. Inset maps for Los Angeles and Vicinity and for San Francisco and Vicinity showed the locations within these two large metropolitan areas the exact locations of Highway Patrol Offices with black arrows in bold.