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Geo[rge] H. Walker & Co., BOSTON AND ENVIRONS. Boston: George H. Walker & Co., 1905.The firm of George H. Walker was established in 1882 and remained in operation iuntil 1927. An advertisement in the 1882 Boston Business Directorydescribes them as “publishers and lithographers” doing “engraving in all its branches, map engraving and photo-lithographing.”  If what survives today is any measure, Walker’s was Boston’s most prolific lithographic firm of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Among other things, George H. Walker issued an important atlas of Massachusetts, separate maps of Boston and its metropolitan area, and birds-eye views of tourist destinations such as Bar Harbor, Edgartown, Lake Sunapee, Narragansett Bay and Mount Washington (Many of the latter were stylistically similar, rendered as decorative chromolithographs on thin paper, folded and tipped into printed card wrappers.) The output of the firm extended well beyond maps and views, however, to include among other things portraits, sheet music, and book illustrations.

For more on George H. Walker and his firm, see the excellent biographies in Pierce and Slautterback’s Boston Lithography and John Reps’ Views and Viewmakers of Urban America.



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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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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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Birds-eye view of Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

By the early 20th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail links, hotels, and paths and carriage-roads for experiencing the mountain scenery. Accompanying and advancing this development was a rich literature and visual iconography revealed in maps and prints. This view […]

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1906 Maine Centrail Railroad Casco Bay bird's eye view

1906 Maine Central Railroad birds-eye view of Casco Bay

A fine example of this promotional bird’s-eye view of Casco Bay and Portland, issued by the Maine Central Railroad. 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 bird’s-eye view as a promotional piece, […]

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Geo[rge] H. Walker & Co., BOSTON AND ENVIRONS. Boston: George H. Walker & Co., 1905.

George H. Walker bird’s-eye view of Boston and Environs

A rare and appealing bird’s-eye view of Boston and Environs as seen from a point high above the Harbor. This panoramic view is centered on Boston but extends south to Nantasket, west to Framingham and Mount Wachusett, and north to Swampscott.  The more populous areas along the coast are highlighted in red, while the area’s […]

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Geo[rge] H. Walker & Co., NEW HISTORICAL MAP OF METROPOLITAN BOSTON. Boston: George H. Walker & Co., 1898.

Mammoth historical map of Boston and its metropolitan area

A mammoth and extremely rare historical map of Boston and its metropolitan area at the turn of the 20th century, with a wealth of historical information. Measuring nearly six feet high and four-and-one-half wide, this absolutely enormous map depicts the Boston metropolitan area, bounded by Swampscott, Billerica, Dover and Braintree. Town boundaries are shown; as are seemingly every […]

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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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George H. Walker 1903 Lake Winnipesaukee

Birds-eye view of Lake Winnipesaukee

A lovely example of this well-known 1903 bird’s-eye view of Lake Winnipesaukee, unusual for being in vibrant chromolithographic color on heavy paper. By 1903 the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail links and hotels. Accompanying this development was a rich literature and […]

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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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