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United States
1857
Printer:Printed by Bingham & Kelly , American, 1857 - 1859
Publisher:Published by O. D. Case , American, 1826 - 1903
Lithograph; black printer's ink and watercolor on paper, lined with linen
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 47 x 56 3/4in. (119.4 x 144.1cm) Sheet (height x width): 49 x 58 1/2in. (124.5 x 148.6cm) Mount (height x width): 49 1/2 x 59in. (125.7 x 149.9cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: National pride is very evident in the Key that accompanied this map of the United States. Mitchell's Outline Maps were intended to be used in the teaching of geography to school children, and teachers were clearly expected to instill this sense of pride in their students. For example, according to the Key, "No other nation has so many steam and canal boats traversing its waters, or so many miles of telegraph lines and railroad, either finished, or in course of construction." Canals and railroads figure prominently in all of Mitchell's maps of the individual states.
Description: Map of the United States, Mexico and part of the Caribbean. The countries and states are outlined but not labeled. There are circles and numbers instead that correspond with a key published separately from the map. Natural features depicted include elevation, conveyed through hachure marks, and rivers.
Cartographic Note: Scale: About 2 inches equals 100 miles Constituent Note: Mitchell's Series of Outline Maps were first issued in 1841 by Mather, Case, Tiffany & Burnham of Hartford, Connecticut and Augustus Mitchell of Philladelphia.. In 1857, the maps were updated and resissued. This time the printing was done by a new lithography firm, Bingham & Kelly and the maps and the accompanying key were published by O.D. Case & Co., both in Hartford.
Inscription: Recto, bottom left, printed in black ink: "Mitchell's Series / OF / OUTLINE MAPS, / FOR THE USE OF / ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS, / REVISED AND IMPROVED. / No. 4. / HARTOFRD, / PUBLISHED BY O.D. CASE & CO." Bottom left, printed in black ink: "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841, by S. Augustus Mitchell, in the Clerk's Office of the Dist. Court of the Eastern Dist. of Penn." Bottom center, printed in black ink: "Lith. of Bingham & Kelly, Hartford, Conn." Bottom right, printed in black ink: "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by O.D. Case & Co., in the Clerk's Office of the Dist. Court of Conn."
Object Number: 1972.36.55.4
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