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New York Volume 1 90 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.

1. Albany 1879
2. Albion (Orleans County) 1880
3. Altamont 1889
4. Altamont 1890
5. Amityville 1925
6. Amsterdam 1881
7. Antwerp 1888
8. Bainbridge 1889?
9. Ballston Spa 189-?
10. Beacon / Matteawan 1886
11. Binghamton 1882
12. Binghamton 1901
13. Brewster 1887
14. Broadalbin 1880
15. Bronx (New York) 1897
16. Brooklyn (New York) 1879
17. Brooklyn (New York) 1897
18. Brooklyn (New York) 1897
19. Brooklyn (New York) 1908
20. Buffalo 1880
21. Buffalo Metropolitan Area. 1901?
22. Buffalo 1902
23. Caledonia 1892
24. Cambridge 1886
25. Camden 1885
26. Canajoharie / Palatine Bridge. 1881
27. Canastota 1885
28. Canton 1885
29. Carthage 1888
30. Catskill 1889
31. Cazenovia 1890
32. Chatham 1886
33. Clifton Springs 1892
34. Clinton 1885
35. Cobleskill 1883
36. Coney Island (New York) 1906
37. Cooperstown 1890
38. Corinth / Palmer Falls 1888
39. Corning 1882
40. Cortland
41. Delhi 1887
42. Depew 1898
43. Deposit 1887
44. DeRuyter 1892
45. Dolgeville 1890
46. East Syracuse 1885
47. Ellenville 1887
48. Elmira 1873

49. Elmira / Elmira Heights 1901
50. Fairport NY
United States--Washington (State)--Walla Walla 1885
51. Farmingdale 1925
52. Fishkill 1886
53. Fonda 1889
54. Fort Plain / Nelliston 1891?
55. Frankfort 1887
56. Freeport 1909
57. Freeport 1925
58. Friendship 1882
59. Glens Falls 1884
60. Gloversville 1875
61. Goshen 1922
62. Gouverneur 1885
63. Gowanda 1892
64. Granville 1886
65. Greene 1890
66. Greenwich 1885?
67. Hamilton 1885
68. Hicksville 1925
69. Hoosick Falls 1889
70. Hunter 1890
71. Ilion 1881
72. Ithaca 1882
73. Jamestown 1882
74. Johnsonville 1887
75. Johnstown 1888
76. Keeseville 1887
77. Lancaster 1892
78. Larchmont 1904
79. Le Roy 1892
80. Lindenhurst 1926
81. Little Falls 1881
82. Lowville 1885
83. Luzerne / Hadley 1888
84. Malone 1886
85. Manhattan (New York) 190-?
86. Marlboro 1891
87. Mechanicville 188-?
88. Middletown 1874
89. Middletown 1887
90. Middletown 1921

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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