A White Mountains rarity

After H.M. Snyder and H.N. Turner, AUTOMOBILE GALA WEEK IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS. JULY 11 TO 16, 1904. / BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS NEW HAMPSHIRE. NP, 1904.
Lithograph, 9 ½”h x 10 3/8”w plus margins, spot color
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A very rare and unusual White Mountains view, produced for an early automobile rally.

This view depicts the high peaks of the White Mountains and the surrounding region, bounded east and west by the Carter and Kinsman Ranges, and north and south by Lancaster and the Lakes Region. The scale is most curious, quite compressed along the north-south axis while the heights of the mountains are particularly exaggerated. A legend at the base identifies no fewer than 34 peaks and other geographical features.

This is a reissue of a little-known image published in 1880 in Philadelphia by one H.N. Turner, itself pirated from a much larger view by George Morris of Portland, Maine. Nearly a quarter century later an unknown publisher has repurposed to promote an automobile rally in the White Mountains, giving the view a new title and overprinting to show three different routes to be driven between July 11 and 16, 1904. These included an 8-mile climb of the Mount Washington Auto Road, a 95-mile “endurance run” around the Presidential Range, and a one-day tour of the lowlands to the west.

“The automobile gala drew motor enthusiasts from around the country, including the heads of the major automobile clubs. There were even a couple of motorcycle participants…. The event included two days of races up the carriage road to the summit of Mount Washington. The first automobile ascent of Mount Washington had taken place on 31 August 1899, when Mr. F. O. Stanley drove a 6-horsepower Stanley steamer up in 2 hours 10 minutes, using two gallons of gasoline…. On Monday, July 11, the first day of the 1904 event, Mr. F. E. Stanley, his twin brother and business partner, set a new record of 31 minutes 41 2/5 seconds for the ascent, also in a 6-horsepower Stanley steamer…. The next day, he bettered this at 28 minutes 10 2/5 seconds, but he was bested by the overall winner of the event, Mr. Harry Harkness, who drove his 60-horsepower Mercedes up in just 24 minutes 37 3/5 seconds. Besides the race to the summit, there were two races around the White Mountain region, one of 65 miles, the other an endurance run of 95 miles, whose routes are shown on this map. The schedule was rearranged from the one announced on the bottom of the map: The shorter run was moved from Saturday the 16th to Thursday the 14th, and the 95-mile run was moved from the 15th to the 16th.  Sixteen automobiles took part in the latter.” (whitemountainhistory.org)

The view is very rare. I know of only two other examples, at The Henry Ford Museum and in a private Massachusetts collection.

References
Not in OCLC.

Condition

Mended separations at old folds, tape residue in right and left margins