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Connecticut Highways
1949
Publisher:Published by Connecticut State Highway Department , American, 1895 - 1969
Printer:Printed by General Drafting Company , American, 1930 - 1992
Publisher:Published by Connecticut Development Commission , American, founded 1939
Offset lithography; black and colored inks on paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 22 7/8 x 30 7/8in. (58.1 x 78.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 23 1/2 x 31 1/2in. (59.7 x 80cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: The text on the back of the 1949 map extols Connecticut's parkways and expressways. Before the construction of the Interstate highways, which began in the 1950s, state and federal highways of the day still snaked their way through towns and cities, and limited-access parkways such as the Merritt Parkway and the Wilbur Cross Parkway provided travelers with hassle-free routes from place to place. However, even these roads, according to the text, were a far cry from the "narrow, primitive roads of fifty years ago, which were muddy in wet weather and dusty when dry--and always rough and rutted." The Connecticut Highway Department was clearly proud of its achievements.
Description: Map of the state of Connecticut, with the border of Massachusetts to the north, the border of Rhode Island to the east, the Long Island Sound to the south, and the border of New York to the west. To the left of the map, the legend provides explanations for the depiction of roads, railroads and hiking trails; population centers; state, county and town boundaries; state parks and forests, hunting, fishing and skiing areas; and various elements of infrastructure. A place name index and list of public recreation areas appear below the map. The cartouche, located in the bottom right corner, shows a variety of Connecticut-related scenes, including the State Capitol building, the state bird and flower, people enjoying the outdoors, and cars on a highway. There are seven inset maps on the verso, depicting New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury, Danbury, Norwich and New London. In the top left corner is a guide to highway signs, and next to it is a table showing distances between various cities in Connecticut and the area. The bottom portion of the verso contains eight black and white photographs illustrating a written piece called "Connecticut Parkways and Expressways," which describes the history and features of the parkways and expressways system.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 13/4 inches equals 5 miles
Inscription: Recto, top left, printed in black ink: "COPYRIGHT, GENERAL DRAFTING CO., INC., 21 WEST ST., NEW YORK 6, N.Y. / This map must not be copied in whole or in part without / written permission of General Drafting Co., Inc." Bottom right, printed in black ink: "1949 / Connecticut [in red ink] / Map / PUBLISHED JOINTLY BY / STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT / STATE BOARD OF FISHERIES AND GAME / CONNECTICUT DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION / STATE PARK AND FOREST COMMISSION" Verso, top right, printed in red and black ink with white text: "OFFICIAL MAP / Connecticut / Highways / Published by / CONNECTICUT / STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT / 1949"
Object Number: 2012.312.109
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