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[ Patillo Higgins ] / Nelson & White, Engineers and Architects, RAILROAD MAP OF TEXAS, LOUISIANA AND PART OF MISSISSIPPI. HIGGINS STANDARD OIL COMPANY. L’TD. CAPITAL STOCK $10,000,000. [Beaumont: Higgins Standard Oil Company,] Nov. 1901 [but probably 1902.]

Patillo Higgins promotes the Higgins Standard Oil Company

An extraordinarily rare promotional map published by Patillo Higgins, the Father of Texas Oil, just months after the gusher at Spindletop transformed the global oil industry. Born in Sabine Pass, Texas in 1863 but spending most of his life in Beaumont, Higgins’ early years were marked among other things by violent racism and the killing […]

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Oil fraud map by Langford OIl & Development Co.

Map perpetrating a North Texas oil fraud, 1919-1922

A striking persuasive map relating to an early oil fraud perpetrated by the Langford Oil & Development Company in Wichita Falls, Texas. Background Though drilling began as early as 1866, the Texas oil boom really began with the gusher at Spindletop in 1901 and continued into the 1940s, when the Texas Railroad Commission was finally […]

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COMPAGNIE FRANCO-AMERICAINE DES NAVIRES A VAPEUR DE LA CHESAPEAKE PAR LORIENT-NORFOLK [ :] CHESAPEAK LINE COMPANY. [Paris: Malde et Renou, 1854.]

Prospectus for the Compagnie Franco-Américaine … with three unrecorded maps!

Very rare mid-19th-century French prospectus promoting investment in the Compagnie Franco-Americaine, which proposed to operate transatlantic passenger steamers between L’Orient and Norfolk, Virginia. With three seemingly unrecorded maps charting the journey from Lorient in Brittany to Norfolk, Virginia, and thence via railroad into the interior of the United States. The opening of the American West […]

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Extremely rare 1902 promotional map of Harris County Texas

A separately-issued, detailed and extremely rare promotional map of Harris County Texas, published at a transitional moment in the region’s history. The map was published in the immediate aftermath of two epochal events in the history of southeast Texas: the catastrophic Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the discovery of oil at Spindletop in 1901, which […]

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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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Union Lithograph Co., GEOGRAPHICAL, TOPOGRAPHICAL, STATE HIGHWAY AND RAILROAD MAP OF CALIFORNIA. San Francisco: California Development Board, 1916.

California Development Board promotional map

A scarce 1916 persuasive map issued by the California Development Board to promote the state as a place to do business. Some of the more interesting features include the depiction of the rail network with heavy black lines; dozens of steamer routes funneling into San Francisco Bay; and an inset map demonstrating that the land […]

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[ Transcontinental Railroad ] A.M. Smith, General Passenger Agent of the Rock Island Railroad / Rand, McNally & Co., Map Engravers and Printers, TRANS CONTINENTAL ROUTE ILLUSTRATED CROSSING THE SWITZERLAND OF AMERICA / PANORAMIC MAP OF THE GREAT OVERLAND ROUTE FROM OCCIDENT TO ORIENT. EUROPE TO CHINA, JAPAN & AUSTRALIA. Chicago: A.M. Smith, 1876.

A rare and wonderful panorama of the Transcontinental Railroad

A delightful illustrated strip map promoting the Chicago Rock Island Railroad and its connections with the Transcontinental Railroad and steamer routes to Europe and Asia. This remarkable folding map, only six inches high but nearly five feet long, highlights the route of the Transcontinental Railroad from Chicago to California along the Chicago Rock Island, Union […]

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