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Baldwin's Map of Plainfield, Conn. and Vicinity
Surveyor:Surveyed by I. J. Baldwin
Photolithography; black printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper, lined with linen
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 30 x 23 3/4in. (76.2 x 60.3cm) Sheet (height x width): 31 1/2 x 24 5/8in. (80 x 62.5cm) Mount (height x width): 31 1/2 x 25 1/4in. (80 x 64.1cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: By the 1890s, most town maps were being produced by large corporations, usually as part of county atlases published in New York or Chicago. In contrast, this 1892 map of Plainfield, Connecticut is a strictly local production. Isaac J. Baldwin who drew and published the map was a member of a prominent Plainfield family, and the map was printed in nearby Providence, Rhode Island.
Description: Map of Plainfield, Connecticut, with Killingly to the north; Sterling to the east; Griswold and Voluntown to the south; and the Quinebaug River, Canterbury and Brooklyn to the west. Plainfield is divided into districts, colored yellow, pink or green. The roads are labeled and small black squares mark the locations of houses and stores, labeled with the owner's name. The New York and New England Railroad runs through the town. Physical features include elevation, conveyed with hachure marks, swamps, brooks, and forests. In the top left corner are a distance table and a list of facts about Plainfield, including its population, latitude, and altitude.
Cartographic Note: Scale: about 3/4 inch equals 1/4 mile
Inscription: Recto, top left, printed in black ink: "BALDWIN'S / MAP / OF / PLAINFIELD, / CONN. / AND VICINITY. / Surveyed and Platted by I.J. Baldwin 1892. / DRAWN FOR PHOTO. LITH. BY J.C. THOMPSON, PROVIDENCE, R.I." Bottom right corner, printed in black ink: "PROVIDENCE LITH. CO."
Object Number: 1983.192.1
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