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Map showing the New York and Boston airline route by way of the New Haven, Middletown and Willimantic Rail Road
before 1876
Draftsman:Drawn by Unknown
Publisher:Published by H. H. Lloyd & Co. , American, 1860 - 1878
Lithography; black printer's ink on wove paper mounted on linen
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 22 3/4 x 28 3/8in. (57.8 x 72.1cm) Sheet (height x width): 27 1/8 x 29 1/4in. (68.9 x 74.3cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Connecticut has always been viewed as a transportation corridor between the major cities of New York and Boston. During the nineteenth century, railroads, steamboats, and highways, often in combination, offered a variety of different routes, but none were as direct or offered the same potential for speed as the so-called "air line route" which cut diagonially across the state, passing through Middletown and Willimantic and bypassing Hartford. The route was proposed as early as 1846, but by 1873 had only been completed as far as Willimantic. Not until 1891 was passenger service offered all the way to Boston. This map evidently served as poster to promote the sale of bonds to finance the airline railroad.
Description: Map of Connecticut with adjoining portions of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Long Island. Towns throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are indicated. Railroad stations on the New Haven, Middletown and Willimantic Railroad are indicated. The New Haven, Middletown and Willimantic Railroad is shown as a heavy black line. Other railroads, including the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad; the Boston and Albany Railroad; the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad; the Stonington and Providence Railroad; the Naugatuck Railroad, and the Housatonic Railroad are shown as narrower black lines. A long text extolling the benefits of investing in the airline railroad is printed at lower right.
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Inscription: On recto, upper margin, printed in black ink, "AIR LINE BGNDS - FREE FROM ALL TAXES"; lower margin, printed in black ink, "CONNECTICUT INVESTMENT - 'ABSOLUTE SECURITY' with 'LIBERAL INCOME.'" On verso, lower right, in pencil, accession number
Object Number: 2012.312.225
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