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Tercentenary Map of Connecticut
1935
Draftsman:Drawn by John F. Butler
Offset lithography; black and colored printer's inks on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 16 1/2 x 23in. (41.9 x 58.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 18 1/8 x 31 7/8in. (46 x 81cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Church
Gallery Copy: The purpose of this 1935 map was frankly to encourage tourism in the midst of the Great Depression. While the simplified road map did not provide much detail, it did show motorists how to get from one historic site to another using the new system of state highways that had been introduced earlier in the decade. The map also served as advertising for the Southern New England Telephone Company, who published it. In 1878, the company installed the first commercial telephone switchboard and opened the first commercial telephone exchange in the world, just two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
Description: Pocket map of the state of Connecticut, with part of Massachusetts to the north, part of Rhode Island to the east, Long Island and the Long Island Sound to the south, and part of New York to the west. Small drawings indicate the sites of historic importance. Red lines are used to mark the various roads in the state, with green areas representing state parks, state forests, and state leased shooting grounds. Golf and yacht clubs, picnic areas, beaches, and flying fields are marked with symbols. Elevation is conveyed with hachure marks. On the same side as the map are advertisements for tercentenary paraphernalia and small reproductions of scenes of historic importance. On the back are photographs of historic Connecticut sites, including Webb House in Wethersfield, Glebe House in Woodbury, the Old State House, Newgate Prison, and the New Haven green. Present-day outdoor activities are also depicted.
Cartographic Note: 1 inch equals about 5 miles
Inscription: Recto, top left, printed in black ink: "Tercentenary / Map of / CONNECTICUT / Issued in commemoration of / Connecticut's / Tercentenary / 1635 - 1935 / Compiled and Drawn by / JOHN F. BUTLER" Bottom left, printed in black ink: "© 1935 - THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE COMPANY" Verso, bottom left, printed in black ink: "CONNECTICUT / invites you to its / TERCENTENARY / and to enjoy its / unsurpassed playgrounds / amid historic surroundings" Right side, printed in black ink: "HISTORIC CONNECTICUT BECKONS TO YOU" Bottom left corner, printed in black ink: "This folder published by / THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND / TELEPHONE COMPANY"
Object Number: 1961.106.1
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