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Pennsylvania Volume 2 105 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.

101. Millersburg 1894
102. Millersville 1894
103. Miners Mills / Mill Creek 1892
104. Minersville 1889
105. Mohnton 1898
106. Monaca 1900
107. Monongahela 1902
108. Montrose (Susquehanna County) 1890
109. Moosic 1892
110. Morrisville (Bucks County) 1893
111. Morrisville (Bucks County) 1900
112. Moscow 1891
113. Mount Joy (Lancaster County) 1894
114. Mount Pleasant (Westmoreland County) 1900
115. Mount Union (Huntingdon County) 1906
116. Mountville 1894
117. New Brighton 1883
118. New Brighton 1901
119. New Castle 1896
120. New Kensington 1896
121. New Kensington 1902
122. Newmanstown / Sheridan (Lebanon County) 1898
123. Newport / East Newport 1895
124. Newtown (Bucks County) 1893
125. Newville (Cumberland County) 1903
126. Norristown 1881
127. North East 1896
128. Oil City 1896
129. Orbisonia / Rockhill Furnance 1906
130. Oxford 1907
131. Peckville 1892
132. Pen Argyl 1894
133. Pen Argyl 1916
134. Pennsburg 1894
135. Perkasie 1894
136. Philadelphia 1857
137. Philadelphia 1870?
138. Philadelphia 1872
139. Philadelphia 1876
140. Philadelphia 1876
141. Philadelphia 1885
142. Philadelphia d1886
143. Philadelphia 1887
144. Philadelphia 1888 1887
145. Philadelphia 1907
146. Philadelphia 1908
147. Philadelphia / Philadelphia Metropolitan Area 1926?
148. Pitcairn 1901
149. Pittsburgh 1871
150. Pittsburgh 1874
151. Pittsburgh 1902
152. Pittston / West Pittston 1892
153. Plains 1892
154. Point Marion 1902
155. Pottsville 1833
156. Pottsville 1889
157. Providence (Scranton) 1892
158. Reading 1881
159. Reading 1898
160. Ridgway 1895
161. Rochester 1900
162. Roscoe 1902
163. Royersford 1893
164. Saint Marys (Elk County) 1895
165. Schwenksville 1894
166. Scranton 1890
167. Sellersville 1894
168. Sharon 1901
169. Sharpsville 1901
170. Sheffield 1895
171. Shenandoah 1889
172. Sinking Spring 1898
173. Somerset 1900
174. Souderton 1894
175. South Fork 1900
176. Strasburg 1903
177. Tarentum 1901
178. Telford 1894
179. Terre Hill 1894
180. Tidioute 1896
181. Tionesta 1896
182. Titusville 1871
183. Titusville 1896
184. Topton 1893
185. Towanda 1880
186. Tullytown 1887
187. Turtle Creek 1897
188. Tyrone 1895
189. Union City 1895
190. Uniontown (Fayette County) 1897
191. Valley Forge 1890
192. Verona / Oakmont (Allegheny County) 1896
193. Washington 1897
194. Waynesburg 1897
195. West Bethlehem Township 1894
196. West Newton 1900
197. Wilkes-Barre 1889
198. Williamsburg (Blair County) 1906
199. Wilmerding 1897
200. Wilson (Allegheny)
/ Mendelssohn 1902
201. Windber 1900
202. Wrightsville (York County) 1894
203. York 1852
204. York 1879
205. Zelienople 1901

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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