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Map 6

Charles R. Parsons (1821-1910) and Lyman W. Atwater (1835-1891), The City of Boston, New York: Currier & Ives, 1873
Charles R. Parsons (1821-1910) and Lyman W. Atwater (1835-1891), The City of Boston, New York: Currier & Ives, 1873
Bird’s-eye or perspective views as imagined from 2,000-3,000 feet provided a popular format for depicting American cities during the last half of the 19th century. Boston was documented in forty such views, but north, the generally accepted orientation for maps, was rarely at the top.

These views depicted the city from all around the peninsula, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the city’s geography. This colorful example, viewing the city from the northeast, placed the waterfront with numerous ships, wharves, and warehouses in the foreground. This vantage point emphasized the importance of maritime trade to the city’s economy.

 

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