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[Manuscript map and cartoons of Claude Grahame-White’s triumph at the 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet. Cambridge or Boston area, 1910.] [with:] [Two programs for the Aero Meet.]

Manuscript pictorial map of the 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet

A delightful hand-drawn pictorial map and cartoons celebrating Claude Grahame-White’s round-trip flight to Boston Light at the 1910 Harvard-Boston Aero Meet. Background The Harvard Boston Aero Meet was held September 3-13, 1910, jointly organized by the Aero Club of New England and the Harvard Aeronautical Society. Twenty-two aviators from around the world descended on Harvard […]

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C[harles] O[tis] Boutelle / Heliotype Printing Co., U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey J. E. Hilgard, Supdt. West Island And Vicinity Buzzard’s Bay Mass. Surveyed in 1845 … Copied from the Original in Archives of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Office for Mr. Horace S. Crowell, 27 State St. Boston, Mass. Boston: [Horace Crowell?], [ca. 1885].

1885 real estate promotional map for West Island on Buzzard’s Bay

An unrecorded map of West Island and Sconticut Neck on Buzzards Bay, based on an earlier chart by the U.S. Coast Survey and privately printed around 1885 for real estate magnate Horace S. Crowell. This intriguing map depicts the area around Sconticut Neck and West Island, located on Buzzards Bay a few miles southeast of […]

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Walter Watson, C[ivil] E[ngineer] / Engraved and Printed by Struthers, Servoss & Co., New York, RAILWAY AND HIGHWAY MAP of the FAMOUS BERKSHIRE HILLS REGION… Pittsfield, MA: Berkshire Life Insurance Co., 1883.

Lovely tourist map of Berkshire County Massachusetts

A most appealing 1883 promotional map of the Famous Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, one of New England’s great destinations for its combination of natural beauty and cultural attractions. The map offers a very detailed view of Berkshire County, including its towns and their boundaries, topographical features, and roads and railroads, with symbols identifying school […]

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E[dward] S. Martin, / Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers HISTORY OF THE HOOSAC TUNNEL. Boston, 1878.

A rare illustrated history and description of the Hoosac Tunnel

A rare pamphlet promoting the Hoosac Tunnel in the Berkshire Hills of northwestern Massachusetts one of the engineering marvels of the 19th century. With a large and striking cutaway view of Hoosac Mountain showing details of the tunnel. The Hoosac Tunnel began as a project of Massachusetts paper mill owner Alvah Crocker, who in 1848 […]

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The earliest image of police as pigs?

An unusual and very rare broadside depicting a Worcester, Massachusetts scandal and possibly featuring the earliest known image of police as pigs. The broadside depicts three policemen with pig’ ears and snouts storming into a couple’s bedroom. The astonished man stands before them in his nightshirt, presenting a document (perhaps a marriage certificate) for their inspection. […]

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Spectacular Old Colony Railroad broadside touting service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

A spectacular and previously-unknown late 19th-century broadside touting Old Colony Railroad and Old Colony Steamship Company service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The Old Colony Railroad is not mentioned on this broadside, but the content points directly to that firm, as it dominated transportation in southeastern Massachusetts for much of the 19th century. Established in […]

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Boom (and bust) at Lagoon Heights, Martha’s Vineyard

Lovely promotional map for the Lagoon Heights development in present-day Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. This plan combines a plat of the Lagoon Heights development with decorative vignettes of two very fine cottages and an unusual perspective view of the Lagoon and Vineyard Sound. The overall impression is most attractive, rendering this is one of the […]

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U.S. Coast Survey chart of Cape Ann and points North

An attractive chart of the waters from Cape Ann, Mass. to Wells, Maine. A trove of information, the chart includes immensely detailed soundings; navigational hazards; and navigational aids such as lighthouses, light ships and bouys. Two finely-engraved coastal profiles of Cape Ann give added appeal. Also provided is detailed topographical and cartographical information on the adjacent […]

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