A lovely chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of Casco Bay, Maine issued in 1906 by a Portland hotel. The view depicts Casco Bay from Cape Elizabeth to Harpswell Neck and Baileys and Orrs Islands. The Maine interior is shown in the middle ground, heavily foreshortened, and the High Peaks of the White Mountains are just visible in […]
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.