Colorful bird’s eye view of New York City and Long Island

Drawn, printed and published by C.S. Hammond & Co., BIRDS EYE VIEW MAP OF New York and Vicinity [title on wraps: BIRD'S EYE VIEW MAP OF East and North Rivers and Long Island Sound.] New York City, 1909.
Chromolithograph, 17"h x 21 7/8"w plus margins. Accompanied by original printed card stock wraps. Folds flattened, with several separations closed and a couple of mended tears. Lined. Wraps with old adhesions to back cover, obscuring parts of several words.

A scarce and colorful chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of New York City, as seen from an imaginary viewpoint high above New York Bay.

This lovely little view depicts nearly the entire city, with the exception of the southern reaches of Brooklyn, as well as surrounding parts of Westchester, Nassau County, and New Jersey. Built-up areas are highlighted in red and open space in green, the road and railroad network is shown, and major landmarks such as the East River bridges and the Statue of Liberty are depicted with tiny profile views. The most salient feature of the view is the undulating red line terminating at the Hudson River dock of the French Line (at the time a major player in the trans-Atlantic liner trade) and extending through Long Island Sound out into the Atlantic.

The firm of Hammond seems to have published this view as a cheap promotion for distribution on the many shipping lines plying the waters around New York. Whenever an order arrived, Hammond would have needed only to alter this red line to match the routes of the new customer. For example, the New York Public Library holds an example on which the route bifurcates to terminate at the docks of both the French Line and the Fall River Line.

Rumsey #5434. OCLC #77564564 et al, giving examples only at Columbia, the New York Public Library and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Not in Reps, Views and Viewmakers.