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Massachusetts V2 60 City Panoramic Maps on CD

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The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1847 to 1929.) Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective.

Panoramic maps graphically depict the vibrant life of a city. Harbors are shown choked with ships, often to the extent of constituting hazards to navigation. Trains speed along railroad tracks, at times on the same roadbed with locomotives and cars headed in the opposite direction. People and horsedrawn carriages fill the streets, and smoke belches from the stacks of industrial plants. Urban and industrial development in post-Civil War America is vividly portrayed in the maps.

Victorian America's panoramic maps are quite remarkable in the perspective of the cities they capture. Most panoramic maps were published independently, not as plates in an atlas or in a descriptive geographical book. Preparation and sale of nineteenth-century panoramas were motivated by civic pride and the desire of the city fathers to encourage commercial growth. Many views were prepared for and endorsed by chambers of commerce and other civic organizations and were used as advertisements of a city's commercial and residential potential. These maps reveal much about the great contrasts and contradictions of the industrial age and the progressive era.

Preparation of panoramic maps involved a vast amount of painstakingly detailed labor. For each project a frame or projection was developed, showing in perspective the pattern of streets. The artist then walked in the street, sketching buildings, trees, and other features to present a complete and accurate landscape as though seen from an elevation of 2,000 to 3,000 feet.

Panoramic maps graphically depict the vibrant life of a city. Harbors are shown choked with ships, often to the extent of constituting hazards to navigation. Trains speed along railroad tracks, at times on the same roadbed with locomotives and cars headed in the opposite direction. People and horsedrawn carriages fill the streets, and smoke belches from the stacks of industrial plants. Urban and industrial development in post-Civil War America is vividly portrayed in the maps.

Here is a complete list of the city maps included in this collection. Where you see a city listed several times, there are several different maps - either maps created in different years and/or by different map making companies.

53. Holyoke 1877
54. Holyoke / South Hadley Falls 1881
55. Hopedale 1899
56. Hopkinton 1880
57. Housatonic 1890
58. Huntington 1886
59. Ipswitch 1893
60. Leominster 1886
61. Lynn 1820
62. Lynn 1881
63. Manchaug 1891
64. Maynard 1879
65. Medford 1880
66. Merrimac 1889
67. Middleboro 1889
68. Millers Falls 18--?
69. Mittineague 1889
70. Monson 1879
71. Nantasket Beach 1879?
72. Nantucket / Siansconset 1881
73. Needham Heights 1887
74. New Bedford 1876
75. Newton Center (Newton) 1897
76. Newton 1878
77. Newton 1897
78. North Adams / North Adams 1881
79. North Attleboro 1878
80. North Billerica 1887
81. North Leominster 1887
82. Northborough 1887
83. Norton 1891

84. Oak Bluffs 1890
85. Oakdale 1891
86. Palmer 1879
87. Peabody 1877
88. Pigeon Cove 1886
89. Pittsfield 1899
90. Provincetown 1877
91. Provincetown 1910
92. Quincy 1877, 1878
93. Rockland 1881
94. South Acton 1886
95. South Weymouth 1885
96. Southbridge 1892
97. Spencer 1877
98. Springfield 1875
99. Taunton 1875
100. Turners Falls 1877
101. Uxbridge 1880
102. Wareham 1885
103. Warren 1879
104. Watertown 1879
105. Webster 1892
106. West Medway 1887
107. Westfield 1875
108. Westford 1886
109. Williamstown 1889
110. Winchester 1898
111. Winthrop 1894
112. Woburn 1883

Each map image on this CD is a super high resolution scan of an original panoramic map. Original maps were often as large as 36" x 36" or even larger. To offer all these maps at 100% detail, they are stored in either MRSid format or in JPEG 2000 format and require special viewers to be able to view all the details in these superb historical maps. Viewers and full viewing instructions for Windows computer platforms are included on this CD.


Some Additional Map Samples


Below you will find an example of the enlargement ability of the maps contained on this CD. You will see how you can view a small snapshot of the image all the way up to an incredible level of detail at the highest resolutions. The below set of images comes from Mystic CT and gives an excellent example of the level of detail in these maps at various levels of "magnification".

(Smallest size of this image)

(Small portion enlarged 2 times)

(Small portion enlarged 3 times)

(Small portion enlarged 4 times)

(Small portion enlarged 5 times - this enlargement represents the full
original size of the map when printed at full scale.)

As you can see from the above images, each map offers hours of exploration and excitement as you explore the cities as they were 100 or more years ago.

These maps may be viewed on your computer or printed out. The software will allow you to size the maps to any level of detail you wish and either print out the entire map or just a portion of it. (Even full scale maps can be printed with a large enough printer - like the ones used in your neighborhood poster and print shops.)

To use this software, you must install the free Map Viewing software which is included on the CD. This is a 30 second process and will allow you to view and manipulate/print all the maps in this CD collection in full detail. There are versions for Windows platforms and full installation instructions are included on the CD.

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