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1693A Leavitt White Mtns 1878By the mid-19th century the White Mountains had become a major tourist destination, attracting artists and adventurers alike. An ecosystem of rail and carriage links, hotels, and guides emerged to serve this growing flood of visitors.

Today one of the best-remembered of these guides is Franklin Leavitt, a Lancaster, New Hampshire “original.” Leavitt produced six charming maps of the White Mountains to cater to the visitors flooding the region. All are wonderful examples of folk cartography, including a lack of consistent scale or orientation, pictorial vignettes–often comic, sometimes unintentionally so–of local landmarks and history, and an emphasis on the exploits of Franklin Leavitt himself. His maps also have a decidedly “persuasive” slant, teasing the viewer with images of the many adventures and perils offered by the region, while reassuring them that at the end of the day they could always retire to one of its many comfortable lodging establishments.



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Victor [and Franklin] Leavitt / [engraved by A. C. Russell, Boston], LEAVITT’S MAP WITH VIEWS OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS NEW HAMPSHIRE. Lancaster, NH, [1882]/1888.

Leavitt’s pictorial map of the White Mountains

A scarce and wonderful 1888 pictorial promotional map of the White Mountains by Franklin Leavitt, being the final map produced by him over three decades. By the mid-19th century the transmission of the Romantic ethos across the Atlantic, the rise of a middle class with disposable income, and the development of rapid rail links with […]

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Franklin Leavitt 1859 map of the White Mountains

1859 Franklin Leavitt pictorial map of the White Mountains

A wonderful 1859 pictorial map of the White Mountains from the famed series by White Mountain “character” Franklin Leavitt. By the mid-19th century the transmission of the Romantic ethos across the Atlantic, the rise of a middle class with disposable income, and the development of rail links with coastal cities transformed the White Mountains into […]

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One of the rarest of Leavitt’s White Mountains maps

A wonderful and very rare pictorial map of the White Mountains. The map depicts the region from Lake Winnipesaukee in the south to Berlin in the north, and from eastern Vermont all the way over to Conway. At the center, superimposed on and yet somehow integrated with the base map, is an image of the […]

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Franklin Leavitt map of the White Mountains

A wonderful and scarce pictorial map by the renowned White Mountains cartographer, adventurer and poet Franklin Leavitt. By the mid-19th century the transmission of the Romantic ethos across the Atlantic, the rise of a middle class with disposable income, and the development of rail links with coastal cities transformed the White Mountains into a major […]

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Leavitt’s White Mountains “masterpiece” (Tatham)

An amazing piece of folk cartography, produced as a promotional for the White Mountains and today one of the most desirable early images of the region. By the mid-19th century the transmission of the Romantic ethos across the Atlantic, the rise of a middle class with disposable income, and the development of rapid rail links […]

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Leavitt’s pictorial map of the White Mountains

A wonderful and scarce pictorial map of the White Mountains. The map depicts the region from Lake Winnipesaukee in the south to Berlin in the north, and from eastern Vermont over to Conway. The central image of the White Mountains is complemented by profile views of dozens of residences and hotels, vignettes of historical and […]

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1693A Leavitt White Mtns 1878

One of the rarest of Leavitt‘s White Mountains maps

A wonderful and very rare pictorial map of the White Mountains. The map depicts the region from Lake Winnipesaukee in the south to Berlin in the north, and from eastern Vermont all the way over to Conway. At the center, superimposed on and yet somehow integrated with the base map, is an image of the […]

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