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Rare broadside ad from the dawn of American rail travel

An early and very rare broadside advertisement promoting a Boston-Albany rail connection. The railroad craze came relatively early to Massachusetts. By the late 1820s a number of lines had been proposed, including the Boston & Worcester Railroad and a Western Railroad linking Worcester and Albany. Backers hoped the legislature would step in and fund the projects for the greater good. This […]

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1848 map of Charlestown Massachusetts by Felton & Parker and Barker

Felton & Parker map of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1848

A rare, interesting and accomplished map of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1848, produced by two men who were to become major figures in the American railroad sector. The map depicts Charlestown in its entirety, as well as parts of nearby Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, Chelsea and East Boston. It shows of course the street layout and […]

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The first railroad maps printed in the United States?

A compilation of seminal reports advocating and describing the earliest general-purpose rail lines in New England. Particularly interesting for the inclusion of a two-part map of the proposed line from Boston to Albany, which according to Modelski is the first rail map printed in the United States. Background Revolutions in transportation were probably greatest drivers […]

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Ben Nason poster promoting travel to Nantucket

A lovely travel poster promoting tourism to the island of Nantucket, eminently displayable for its generous size, vivid color and evocative graphic design. The image features the Pacific Club on Main Street, originally built in 1772 as the warehouse of merchant William Rotch. This is one of several travel posters commissioned by the New Haven Railroad […]

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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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[Columbian Exposition ] Knight, Leonard & Co, eng., Wabash Line, via Detroit, to Chicago. SHORTEST ROUTE TO THE WORLD’S FAIR CITY. Chicago: Knight, Leonard & Co., 1892.

An unrecorded Columbian Exposition promotional view

An attractive and unrecorded lithographic bird’s-eye view of the Columbian Exposition, issued to promote Wabash Line rail service from Detroit to Chicago. The view depicts the Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, as seen looking westward from an imaginary viewpoint above Lake Michigan. If this image is any guide the Exposition was spectacular, […]

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White Mountains bird's eye view by G. W. Morris

A striking bird’s-eye view of the White Mountains

A striking bird’s-eye view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, produced to supply the burgeoning tourist trade of the late 19th century. By the end of the 19th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail and coach links, hotels and inns, and guide […]

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A significant Texas railroad archive

The progress and development of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, as depicted in incorporation documents, 17 manuscript letters from early stockholders, and a map of the lines completed and proposed. This is an archive related to the development and operation of the Texas and New Orleans Rail Road in and before 1860. The collected materials present […]

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