Boston | The Colour of an Old City. A Map of Boston, decorative and historical.
By:Edwin Olsen & Blake Clark
Original Date: 1926 (dated) Boston
Size of Original: 29 x 37.75 inches (73.4 x 96 cm)
This charming, vibrant map of Boston depicts the core of the downtown area from approximately Massachusetts Avenue east, and encompasses the Charles River with parts of Cambridge and Charlestown. Boston Harbor, Fort Point Channel and part of South Boston are also included.
The map's borders are embellished with vignettes of historical scenes, buildings and monuments. At top center Boston's coat of arms is faithfully rendered and six inset historical maps and views depict the city and its environs at various times in its history. Biplanes dot the sky above the river while myriad seagoing vessels ply the waters.
The title is depicted on the sail of a Norse longboat, perhaps a reference to persisting theories regarding the arrival of Norsemen to the area long centuries before the first Pilgrims.
What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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