|Ad for the upcoming Boston bird's eye view map in 1865.|
"Bird's Eye View of Boston," ad, Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, MA), p 3, col 4, 13 Jan 1865; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 15 Oct 2015).
A while back I did a brief post about the bird's eye maps available at Big Map Blog. Today I will give some more examples and places to find such maps.
|The map is 2ft by 2ft 10in, and went for $10 (a relative value of about $150 in today's money). Follow the link below to see the map, which you can zoom way in on. "Bird's eye view of Boston," map, drawn by B. F. Nutting and created by J. Mayer & Co, published by B. B. Russell & Co (Boston), 1866; digital image, Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collections Online (https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:x059cb10w : accessed 15 Oct 2015).|
|Lower left of the map, showing trains (today's North Station).|
|Closeup of some of the wharves.|
|Closeup of the Frog Pond area (the "Common and Public Garden").|
Amon Carter Museum's "Texas Bird's-Eye Views" has some great information, including artists' bios, and teaching resources (which are geared for public schools but can be used by genealogists to think about different ways these maps can be used).
|A call for subscribers. "Bird's-Eye View of Dallas," Dallas Weekly Herald (Dallas, Texas), 28 Dec 1872, vol XX, issue 16, p 2, col 1; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 15 Oct 2015).|
|Snapshot of Herman Brosius. Bird’s Eye View of the City of Dallas Texas 1872, 1872. Lithograph (hand-colored), 15.8 x 22.9 in. Lithographer unknown. Dallas Historical Society.|
|An example of the Texas Bird's-Eye Views features. I love this kind of analysis.|
I'm a fan of maps in general, but these "3D" or panoramic maps take things to another level by presenting cities the way we usually see them, not directly above. If you have ancestors in cities at the time any of these maps were produced (you can start at Texas Bird's-Eye Views (for Texas), Big Map Blog, Historic Map Works, David Rumsey Map Collection, and of course the Library of Congress) you have an opportunity to understand better where they were living and how that would impact how they lived and what they did.
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