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The "Good Roads" Survey of New England
1905
Printer:Printed by F. S. Blanchard and Company , American, founded before 1841
Publisher:Published by F. S. Blanchard and Company , American, founded before 1841
Lithography; black and red printer's ink on wove paper, lined with linen, in cloth-bound cardboard covers
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 35 x 31 1/2in. (88.9 x 80cm) Sheet (height x width): 36 x 31 3/4in. (91.4 x 80.6cm) Mount (height x width): 36 x 31 3/4in. (91.4 x 80.6cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Richard Malley
Gallery Copy: The "good roads" movement began in the late nineteenth century, as bicyclists found that existing roads were often unsuitable for bicycle travel. In the early twentieth century, automobile clubs were quick to pick up the cause. In Connecticut, as elsewhere, active lobbying by these groups resulted in state funding being made available for road improvements. By the 1920s, New England boasted some of the best roads in the nation. The fact that this map includes extensive information on public transportation by railroad and trolley suggests that it may have been intended primarily for bicyclists rather than for drivers of automobiles. Bicyclists would have used railroads and trolleys to transport their wheels to areas that had good roads for bicycle trips.
Description: Folding map of New England and part of eastern New York, showing the "good roads" in the region. Railroads and electric railroad lines are also shown. In Connecticut, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad is dominant, with Central New England Railroad and Vermont Central Railroad lines also appearing. Post offices are marked with open circles, and state capitals with stars. In the top left corner is a distance table by rail for the region. On the right side are population tables for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, listed by town.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals 8 1/2 miles
Inscription: Recto of map, bottom center, printed in black ink: "The "GOOD ROADS" SURVEY / of / NEW ENGLAND / Also showing all Post Offices, Railroads, Population tables, / Electric Railways following Good Roads, Etc. / F.S. BLANCHARD & Co., Publishers, Worcester, Mass. / COMPILED AND ENGRAVED FROM GOVERNMENT SURVEYS AND / ORIGINAL INFORMATION / Copyright, 1905, by F.S. Blanchard & Co., Worcester, Mass. All Rights Reserved." Bottom right corner, handwritten in pencil: "[99138]" Verso, right side, handwritten in pencil: "Map Shelf / 99138"
Object Number: 2005.201.0
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