Lovely 1906 birds-eye view of Casco Bay

Geo. H. Walker & Co. / Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., BIRDS EYE VIEW OF CASCO BAY : PORTLAND, MAINE AND SURROUNDINGS. Boston: Maine Central R.R., 1906.
Chromolithograph, 18”h x 27 ½”w plus title and margins. Tipped into printed folder with pictorial rear cover. Minor separations along some fold intersections, wrappers a bit bumped and soiled. Very good.
$750

A lovely chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of Casco Bay, Maine issued in 1906 by a Portland hotel.

The view depicts Casco Bay from Cape Elizabeth to Harpswell Neck and Baileys and Orrs Islands. The Maine interior is shown in the middle ground, heavily foreshortened, and the High Peaks of the White Mountains are just visible in the far distance. Cities, towns and geographical features are identified, with built-up areas depicted pictorially, rail routes are overprinted in red, and steamer routes in the Bay are delineated by solid and dashed lines.

Established in 1880, George H. Walker & Co. “was the last important lithographic firm to be established in Boston in the nineteenth century” (Pierce and Slautterback). An advertisement in the 1882 Boston Business Directory describes the firm as “publishers and lithographers” doing “engraving in all its branches, map engraving and photo-lithographing.” (Reps) Among other output, Walker issued atlases of Massachusetts and of Essex County, separate maps of Boston and its metropolitan area, and birds-eye views of Boston, Edgartown, Bar Harbor, and Lake Winnipesaukee.

Walker & Co. produced variants of this view for different transportation companies, hotels and other businesses, particularly the Boston & Maine Railroad, with the variants exhibiting differences in coloring and changes to the steamer routes. The vast majority were printed on thin paper then folded and tipped into card-stock wraps, as is the case of this example, which was produced for the Falmouth Hotel in Portland.

References
For more on the firm of Walker, see Pierce and Slautterback, Boston Lithography (p. 159) and Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America (p. 37).

Condition

Removed from original printed wraps (though they are still present), olds flattened, with a bit of creasing at lower right. Lined on verso.