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Drawn from nature and lith. by John Bachmann / Charles Magnus Printing Establishment, PANORAMA OF THE SEAT OF WAR. BIRDS EYE VIEW OF VIRGINIA, MARYLAND DELAWARE AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. New York: Charles Magnus, 1861/4.

Striking bird’s-eye view of the theatre of civil war in the Mid-Atlantic

John Bachmann’s striking bird’s-eye view of the theatre of civil war in the Mid-Atlantic, issued to capitalize on patriotic enthusiasm in the early months of the conflict. Already by June 1861 Bachmann had issued a pioneering bird’s eye view of eastern Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. For the first time in the United States, […]

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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.

Spectacular birds-eye view of Mount Washington

An amazing and detailed bird`s-eye view of the summit of Mount Washington, to my mind the most spectacular White Mountains image ever published 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 […]

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Federal Eng. & Publ. Co., BIRD’S EYE VIEW of Cape Cod. Boston: John F. Murphy, 1905.

Lovely birds-eye view of Cape Cod

An attractive chromolithographic bird’s eye view of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Bay, Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound, as seen from an imaginary viewpoint high above Martha’s Vineyard. This lovely image depicts the Cape in its entirety along with parts of the Elizabeth Islands and the northern end of Martha’s Vineyard, including Cottage City (Oak Bluffs) […]

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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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Lovely Nantucket bird’s eye view

A richly-detailed view of this iconic Massachusetts town. The artist depicts Nantucket as seen looking southwest from an imaginary viewpoint over the Sound. The image is wonderfully detailed and conveys the impression that he took care to include every feature in its proper place, down to the last window, doorway, and cupola. Landmarks of interest […]

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1922 Ralph Carlyle Prather view of Rocky Mountain National Park

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 depicts a grand panorama of a roughly wedge-shaped area bounded by Estes […]

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Aeroplane Map OF GLACIER NATIONAL PARK [and on verso:] GLACIER NATIONAL PARK [:] AEROPLANE MAP FOLDER. [Minneapolis?]: Great Northern Railway, [ca. 1913-1919?]

Early bird’s-eye view of Glacier National Park

An early bird’s-eye view of Glacier National Park issued by the Great Northern Railway, highlighting both its natural grandeur and its transformation into a mass-tourism destination. President Taft signed Glacier National Park into being in 1910. Located on more than one million acres in northwestern Montana, abutting the Canadian border and bounded on the southwest […]

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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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