A good deal for the buyer.
You are probably going to get a dozen or so eBay listings for atlases from the 60s, and this 1960 is pretty rare in the condition it is in.
Up for auction is a great original 1960 Thomas Bros. atlas of San Diego County and other areas nearby at that time. It also has birds eye views of the San Diego Bay and river, Mission Bay, Sweetwater Reservoir and some lakes. This 92 page spiral bound Atlas is 9 1/2″ X 8 1/4″ and is in 9 condition. Would be near mint if not for a small rip on the front cover by the letter Y in County. Back cover is excellent. Covers I believe to by hard vinyl. This pages are so nice and snug it is as though it was never read. Loaded with info about the area at that time. It has no missing pages and no fading or yellowing.
Even from the posted images, you get some good insight into historical geography:
Odd to see Del Mar unincorporated and not a tiny sliver of orange on this page. Also, since Interstate 5 broke up the El Camino Real, which is historically the road that connected all the missions in the state of California and straight up into the bay area, you might be able to see the configuration that continuously runs parallel to the coast from US Highway 80 up into Oceanside.
Look closely at the Del Mar Racetrack, and might be able to see a dot that represents Bing Crosby watching his horse lose, before he packs up his clubs and heads for golf in Rancho Santa Fe!
If you look closely, even at more recent atlases in San Diego, you will see the federal township boundaries, especially in the rural areas northeast of the urban areas. More towards downtown, such as in El Cajon, you will see the United States recognizing the land grants (“ranchos”) given to families as Mexican citizens. For North Island, pictured above, I have never noticed before – Rancho Peninsula. (Yes, North Island is a peninsula, not an island.)
A lot of great information, and someday perhaps, I will get my hands on it. But for now, the hope is that these collectors will take great care of them.