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Map 10

G. W. Morris (fl. 1886-1890), Bird’s Eye View of the White Mountains , Portland, ME, 1890
G. W. Morris (fl. 1886-1890)
Bird’s Eye View of the White Mountains
Portland, ME, 1890
Looking north from Lake Winnipesaukee toward the White Mountains, this bird’s eye view provides an aerial perspective of the northern part of New Hampshire. Bird’s eye views, which were very popular for depicting cities and towns during the last half of the 19th century, were also used to advertise popular tourist destinations.

In this rendition of the White Mountains, the most important peaks were emphasized with their elevations intentionally exaggerated. These mountains were numbered, with a legend listing names and elevations above sea level. Pictorial symbols identify hotels, resort communities, and railroads, providing further information for prospective tourists.

 

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