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Old Colony Railroad broadside, "OAK BLUFFS VINEYARD HIGHLANDS, KATAMA, COTTAGE CITY MARTHA’S VINEYARD NANTUCKET. [Boston, ca. 1876-1892?]"

Spectacular Old Colony Railroad broadside touting service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

A spectacular and previously-unknown late 19th-century broadside touting Old Colony Railroad and Old Colony Steamship Company service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The Old Colony Railroad is not mentioned on this broadside, but the content points directly to that firm, as it dominated transportation in southeastern Massachusetts for much of the 19th century. Established in […]

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E[dward] S. Martin, / Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers HISTORY OF THE HOOSAC TUNNEL. Boston, 1878.

A rare illustrated history and description of the Hoosac Tunnel

A rare pamphlet promoting the Hoosac Tunnel in the Berkshire Hills of northwestern Massachusetts one of the engineering marvels of the 19th century. With a large and striking cutaway view of Hoosac Mountain showing details of the tunnel. The Hoosac Tunnel began as a project of Massachusetts paper mill owner Alvah Crocker, who in 1848 […]

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Geo. H. Walker & Co., BIRDS EYE VIEW OF CASCO BAY : PORTLAND, MAINE AND SURROUNDINGS. [Portland?] Harpswell Steamboat Company, 1906.

Lovely 1906 birds-eye view of Casco Bay

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 […]

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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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Joseph H. Curtis, Landscape Engineer 85 Dev. St. Boston from surveys by J. G. Kelly / Heliotype Printing Co. Boston, Plan of Heights of BUENA VISTA near terminus of Mt. Desert Branch of M.C.R.R.Hancock, Maine, Dec. 1888.

Rare plan for a coastal development near Mount Desert Island

The Maine Central Railroad was chartered in 1881 and completed in mid-1884, running nearly 50 miles from Penobscot Switch to the Mount Desert Ferry in Hancock, Maine. This created the only all-rail connection between Mount Desert, Portland, Boston and beyond. “Since the opening of the Mount Desert Branch of the Maine Central Railroad a new […]

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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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Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., Boston, CANOBIE LAKE PARK SALEM, NH. Haverhill, NH: Massachusetts Northeastern Street Ry. Co., [undated but 1912 or a bit later].

Unrecorded George H. Walker view of New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake Park

A lovely and unrecorded early 20th-century chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire. The view depicts the Park as seen from an imaginary vantage point to the north, with Canobie Lake in the middle ground and the cities of the Merrimack Valley in the far distance. Though a roller coaster is […]

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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 strip map employing both pictorial and persuasive elements to promote 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 […]

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