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1907 bird's eye view of the Charles River Massachusetts

1907 birds-eye view of the Charles River, annotated by an early user

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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1882 Albert F. Poole bird's eye view of Provincetown Massachusetts

Splendid 1882 bird’s-eye view of Provincetown Massachusetts

A large, detailed and dramatic 1882 bird’s-eye view of Provincetown, at the far end of Cape Cod. This view by Albert F. Poole depicts Provincetown as seen from the direction of Long Point, looking northwest across the harbor, with the wharves in the middle ground and the town just behind. Provincetown’s distinctive settlement pattern is […]

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Birds-eye view of Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert Island

A rare and beautiful view of Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert Island, depicted when it was a favored summer resort of the Gilded Age elite. The image depicts Bar Harbor as seen looking southward from an imaginary elevated viewpoint over Bar Island. The town’s sprawling hotels, clubs and mansions are prominently featured, as is its […]

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1906 Maine Central Railroad view of Casco Bay

Promotional view of Casco Bay published by the Maine Central Railroad

A fine example of this well-known chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of Casco Bay and Portland, Maine, lithographed for the Maine Central Railroad by George H. Walker. Established through merger in 1862, by the early 20th century the Maine Central Railroad dominated its market, with lines throughout the state and neighboring New Hampshire. It commissioned this lovely […]

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A spectacular promotional bird’s-eye view of Mount Washington and the White Mountains, issued by the Boston & Maine Railroad.

Iconic bird’s eye view of Mount Washington

A spectacular promotional bird’s-eye view of Mount Washington and the White Mountains, issued by the Boston & Maine Railroad. By the early 20th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire were major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of hotels and resort towns and villages. With the proliferation of the automobile some […]

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White Mountains bird's eye view by G. W. Morris

A striking bird’s-eye view of the White Mountains

A striking bird’s-eye view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, produced to supply the burgeoning tourist trade of the late 19th century. By the end of the 19th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail and coach links, hotels and inns, and guide […]

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Hal Shelton, Vail [:] COLORADO . . . SKI COUNTRY USA. Colorado Springs: Looart, ND [but ca. 1965.]

Map of Colorado’s Vail ski resort in its earliest years

An attractive 1960s bird’s-eye view of Vail ski resort, one of the America’s iconic Winter destinations. The main image is a bird’s eye view of the resort’s front bowls, trails and lifts, complemented by a view of the back bowls at lower right and a photograph of the base resort at lower left. It was […]

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A[lbert] Ruger, PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE CITY OF HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA 1879. [Akron: Albert Ruger, 1879?]

Rare bird’s-eye view of Halifax Nova Scotia

A fine 1879 bird’s-eye view of Halifax, Nova Scotia by Albert Ruger, one of the most significant of 19th-century American viewmakers. Blessed with an enormous and sheltered natural harbor, Halifax was first settled by the British in 1749. During the French & Indian War the town became the Royal Navy’s North American  headquarters, and the […]

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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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Dramatic bird’s-eye view of Washington, D.C.

An extremely large, detailed and dramatic view of Washington, D.C. as seen looking west from an imaginary point high above the Library of Congress. The image depicts the area bounded by the Tidal Basin to the south and Florida Avenue (the approximate location of present-day Gallaudet University) to the north, with the western suburbs faintly […]

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