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Pennsylvania Volume 1 100 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. Alburtis / Lockridge 1893
2. Allentown 1879
3. Allentown 1901 1900
4. Allentown 1922
5. Allentown 1922
6. Altoona 1895
7. Apollo 1896
8. Archbald 1892
9. Bangor 1918
10. Beaver 1900
11. Belle Vernon 1902
12. Berlin 1905
13. Bernville 1898
14. Bethlehem 1877
15. Birdsboro 1890
16. Bradford 1895
17. Brookville 1895
18. Brownsville (Fayette County) / Bridgeport (Fayette County) / West Brownsville 1883
19. Brownsville (Fayette County) 1902
20. Burnham / Yeagertown 1906
21. Butler 1896
22. California (Washington County) 1902
23. California 1902
24. Cambridge Springs 1895
25. Cambridge Springs 1895
26. Canonsburg 1897
27. Carbondale 1890
28. Carnegie 1897
29. Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia) 1876
30. Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia) 1876
31. Chambersburg 1894
32. Charleroi 1897
33. Chester 1885
34. Clarion 1896
35. Clearfield (Clearfield County) 1895
36. Collegeville 1894
37. Columbia 1894
38. Confluence 1905
39. Connellsville 1897
40. Corry 1870
41. Corry 1895
42. Curwensville 1895
43. Dawson 1902
44. Derry 1900
45. Downingtown 1893
46. DuBois 1895
47. Dunbar 1900
48. Duncannon 1903
49. Dunmore 1892
50. Duquesne 1897
51. Easton
United States--New Jersey--Phillipsburg 1900
52. Edinboro 1898
53. Edwardsville 1892
54. Elizabeth / West Elizabeth 1897
55. Emlenton 1897
56. Ephrata 1887
57. Erie 1870
58. Erie 1909
59. Evans City 1900
60. Everett 1905
61. Factoryville (Wyoming County) 1891
62. Fleetwood 1893
63. Ford City 1896
64. Forest City 1889
65. Frackville 1889
66. Franklin (Venango County) 1901
67. Gallitzin 1901
68. Gettysburg 1888
69. Girardville 1889
70. Glassport 1902
71. Great Bend 1887
72. Greensburg 1901
73. Grove City 1901
74. Hallstead 1887
75. Hamburg 1889
76. Harmony (Butler County) 1901
77. Harrisburg 1855
78. Homestead 1902
79. Honesdale 1890
80. Hyndman 1906
81. Indiana 1900
82. Irvona 1895
83. Irwin 1897
84. Jeannette 1897
85. Jermyn 1889
86. Johnsonburg 1895
87. Kittanning 1896
88. Latrobe 1900
89. Lewisburg 1884
90. Ligonier 1900
91. Lindsey (Punxsutawney) 1895
92. Macungie 1893
93. Mahanoy City 1889
94. McDonald 1897
95. McKees Rocks 1901
96. McKeesport 1893
97. Mechanicsburg 1903
98. Meyersdale 1900
99. Mifflin 1895
100. Mifflintown 1895

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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