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1913 George Ring Great Dayton Flood

The Great Dayton Flood of 1913

A striking and extremely rare 1913 chromolithographic view of the Great Dayton Flood during which water and fire laid waste to much of downtown Dayton, Ohio. The worst natural disaster in Ohio history, the Great Dayton Flood was caused by a series of heavy rainstorms in March 1913. After several days of rain, on March […]

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[ William Bennett ]Painted by G. Cooke / Engd. by W[illiam] J[ames] Bennett, CITY OF WASHINGTON From beyond the Navy Yard. New York: Lewis P. Clover, 180 Fulton St. N.Y., [ca. 1834.]

Lovely William Bennett aquatint of Washington, D.C.

One of the great views of Washington, D.C., emphasizing the city’s magnificent natural setting at the junction of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Executed in aquatint by William Bennett, one of America’s great landscape engravers.  The view depicts the capital as seen looking westward from the south bank of the Anacostia River. The city’s major landmarks […]

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Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., Boston, CANOBIE LAKE PARK SALEM, NH. Haverhill, NH: Massachusetts Northeastern Street Ry. Co., [undated but 1912 or a bit later].

Unrecorded George H. Walker view of New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake Park

A lovely and unrecorded early 20th-century chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire. The view depicts the Park as seen from an imaginary vantage point to the north, with Canobie Lake in the middle ground and the cities of the Merrimack Valley in the far distance. Though a roller coaster is […]

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A White Mountains rarity

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 […]

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Bird’s-eye view of Taunton, Massachusetts

An appealing bird’s-eye view of this Plymouth County city, founded in 1637 and one of the United States’ earliest industrial centers. The view depicts Taunton as seen from the east and shows in detail its topography, road and rail network, and seemingly every structure in town. A numbered legend identifies important public buildings, businesses and factories, […]

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A remarkable bird’s-eye view of India

A most unusual image, of the utmost rarity. This bird’s-eye view depicts the subcontinent as it might be seen from somewhere high above the Indian ocean just south of Sri Lanka. The coverage is from the Himalayas south to include all of peninsular India as well as Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). From east to west it extends […]

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Ralph Carlyle Prather / Smith-Brooks Printing Co., PRATHER’S AERIAL VIEW OF DENVER MOUNTAIN PARKS AND MT. EVANS REGION. Denver: Ralph Carlyle Prather, 1922.

Ralph Carlyle Prather 1922 view of Rocky Mountain National Park

A rare and striking 1922 Ralph Carlyle Prather bird’s-eye view of the Rocky Mountain National Park as seen looking west from an imaginary viewpoint above the town of Estes Park (elev. 7547’), with 14,255-foot Long’s Peak looming in the background. This remarkable image was produced to capitalize on the region’s emerging tourist economy, catalyzed in […]

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Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., CHARLES RIVER.  Boston, [ca. 1900.]

Birds-eye view of the Charles River

An interesting bird’s-eye view of the Charles River and Boston’s western suburbs looking southwest from an imaginary point high over Waltham, encompassing much of Dedham, Natick, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley and other towns. Through it all winds the serpentine Charles River, passing landmarks such as the Waltham Watch Factory, Norumbega Park and the dam and […]

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