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•Streets of New York, 145 years ago•
In the year 1864, the only bridges into the City of New York (which at that time was just Manhattan island) crossed the Harlem river to the north. The technology to span the wide expanses of both the East and Hudson Rivers (while still maintaining them as major shipping routes) did not yet exist. The Long Island and New Jersey railroads had to bring their trains to New York via ferry. While New York was the country’s largest city, Brooklyn had recently become America’s third largest municipality.
It was created during the U.S. Civil War by New York mapmaker, Alvin Jewitt Johnson. Reproduced from a beautifully hand-painted lithograph, it shows the nation's largest city in great detail. It also depicts Central Park from the plans of designers, Olmstead and Vaux. The park had been under construction for only a few years and would not be complete for more than a decade after this map was made.
The original hand-painted map, from which this replica was made, was created by Alvin Johnson in New York. Johnson maps were quite accurate and beautiful with muted, hand-painted washes delineating boundaries. This map features the "Celtic Scrollwork" border that Johnson used on his maps until the mid-1860s.
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