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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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A spectacular and superlatively rare promotional

A spectacular and superlatively rare promotional tract map and birdseye view of the Perrin Colony, located near the town of Fresno, California. The work provides a fine illustration of the first Perrin Colony, one of the earliest large scale farming colonies near the newly formed City of Fresno, which was incorporated in 1885. The plat […]

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World map in Esperanto

An extremely rare promotional map of the world, given to participants in an Esperanto course offered at Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Though the map is undated, the Esperanto Center was active from the mid 1920s into the 1930s, and I find an announcement of just such a course in De Eerste Heemsteedsche Courant for Jan. […]

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Mammoth map publisher’s promotional album

A striking and unusual promotional album issued by the Buffalo-based map publisher Whitney-Graham Company, featuring numerous maps of American rail and utility networks. The album consists of a page of introductory text, followed by a total of 20 maps pasted on 13 leaves. An introductory page of text proudly states that the volume offers “Unmistakable evidence of the highest […]

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Promotional poster for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival

A marvelous chromolithograph promotional poster for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest of its kind in the United States. It was first held in 1886 in response to, of all things, a slight by the Eastern media: “Several Eastern newspaper correspondents kindled the start of the Winter Carnival by […]

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Promotional broadside for the St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern Railway

An exuberant two-color promotional broadside for the St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern Railway, promising “The Shortest! The Safest! The Quickest! The Best! Route to All Points West.” The St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern Railway had its origins in 1851 as the Northern Missouri Railroad, one of several chartered and financed by the State […]

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1897 Nickel Plate Road promotional Alaska map

An unrecorded Klondike Gold Rush promotional map

A striking and unrecorded 1897 map of Alaska, issued by an eastern railroad attempting to cash in on gold fever at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Owned in partnership with James Arsenault & Company. The map embraces Alaska, the westernmost portion of the North West Territory (including what would become Yukon Territory the […]

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1873 plan of Cape Arundel in Kennebunkport Maine

1873 Plan for “a first-class summer resort” in Kennebunkport Maine

A lovely and interesting plan promoting a real estate development in Kennebunkport Maine. The plan depicts a “first-class summer resort” in a “situation [that] has not its equal on the coast.” It shows some 566 housing lots, hotel sites, and parks, all on a peninsula at the outlet of the Kennebunk River and blessed with […]

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New England City… in Georgia!

Rare plan for the proposed development of New England City, in Dade County in the far northwest corner of Georgia. New England City was one of any number of similar post-War developments in the South, conceived by northern investors attracted to its natural resources and abundance of cheap land and labor. The New England Company was […]

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[Superior Wisconsin] Hallock-Harmon-Leader Co., PERSPECTIVE MAP OF THE CITY OF SUPERIOR, WIS. Milwaukee: American Publishing Co., [1893?]

Rare 1893[?] bird’s-eye view of Superior Wisconsin

A rare bird’s-eye view promoting the economic ambitions of Superior, Wisconsin near the turn of the 20thcentury. The view depicts the city as seen looking south or southwest from an imaginary point high above the far west end of Lake Superior.  The unnamed artist has played with both orientation and scale so as to emphasize […]

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