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Up to Date Map of Connecticut
1898
Printer:Printed by Matthews-Northrup Company , American
Lithography; colored printer's inks on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 9 5/8 x 12in. (24.4 x 30.5cm) Sheet (height x width): 10 3/4 x 13 1/2in. (27.3 x 34.3cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: The Matthews-Northrup Company proudly advertised this 1898 map as an "Up to Date Map of Connecticut." Being up-to-date was always a desirable quality in maps and for much of the nineteenth century presented a real challenge to mapmakers, as new towns were added and canals and railroads were built. By 1898, this frenetic pace of development had sllowed slightly. The last new town to be incorporated before this map was published was Ansonia, incorporated in 1889. Nevertheless Matthews-Northrup did manage to convey a great deal of detailed information in a clear and concise manner. The map claimed to include "great cities, big towns, important villages, little villages, and mere stations," and did include many small places that don't always appear on maps of this size.
Description: Map of Connecticut, with part of Massachusetts is to the north, part of New York State is to the west, Long Island Sound and part of Long Island are to the south, and a small part of Rhode Island is the east. Counties are shown in different colors; cities and towns are indicated in larger or smaller type to suggest their relative size. Railroads and rivers, lakes, and ponds figure prominently. Numerous islands and points along Long Island Sound are identified. Only a few major hills, including West Rock, Mount Carmel, and Talcott Mountain, are indicated. Elevation is suggested by hachure marks.
Cartographic Note:
Inscription: On recto, lower center, printed in black ink, "The Matthews-Northrup Up-to-Date Map of / CONNECTICUT. / Also Published in Vest-Pocket Style. / Style of lettering indicates the character and relative importance of places as follows.... FROM GREAT CITIES down through Big Towns and Important / Villages, to Little Villages and mere Stations." On verso, upper right, in pencil, "38354 / Connecticut, 1898 / 20 [in circle]"; lower left, in pencil, "MAP BOX / 20"; lower right, in pencil, "38354"
Object Number: 1928.8.2
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