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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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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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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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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 an North Rivers and Long Island Sound.] New York City, 1909.

Colorful bird’s eye view of New York City

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 […]

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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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Geo[rge] H. Walker & Co., Birds-Eye View from Summit of Mt. Washington; White Mountains, New Hampshire. Boston: Passenger Department of Boston & Maine R.R., 1902.

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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Drawn by L. R. Burleigh / The Burleigh Lith. Est., WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. ELEVATION 700 FEET. Troy, New York: L. R. Burleigh, 1889.

Lucien Burleigh bird’s-eye view of Williamstown, Massachusetts

A very rare 1889 bird’s-eye view of Williamstown, Massachusetts by the prolific artist and publisher Lucien R. Burleigh. Located at the far northwest corner of Massachusetts, Williamstown was very much on the frontier when it was settled in 1749 and incorporated in 1765. For decades the town was primarily agricultural, its industrial development limited by […]

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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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