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Map 11

Boston and Maine Railroad, Passenger Department, Bird’s Eye View from the Summit of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, Boston, 1902
Boston and Maine Railroad, Passenger Department
Bird’s Eye View from the Summit of Mt. Washington,
New Hampshire
, Boston, 1902
Although entitled a bird’s-eye view, this colorful presentation provides a fish-eye or 360-degree panoramic perspective. It distorts the topography of Mount Washington from a single vantage point directly above the mountain.

The mountain’s summit, with accurately delineated buildings and the approaching road and railroad, is the central focus. Everything else is distorted. The surrounding mountains appear in the distance as non-distinctive colored hills, but each is numbered and identified in corresponding lists in the map’s four corners. Published by the Boston and Maine Railroad, this artistic piece would certainly appeal to tourists visiting New England’s tallest landmark.

 

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