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Video: Navigating L.A. in the Pre-GPS Era

Neale Stokes, Librarian III, Digital Content Team,
Cover of 1946 Thomas Street Guide

Before the advent of GPS and smartphones, residents of Los Angeles were wholly dependent on the street guide to navigate their sprawling metropolis. In this video, map librarian Glen Creason explores the history of the L.A. street guide, and explains why they are still relevant today: