By: Phillips D. Booth
Date: 1939 (dated) Rhode Island
Dimensions: 14 x 21 in (53 x 35.5 cm)
This is a highly-informative pictorial map designed by Phillips D. Booth for the Rhode Island office of the Secretary of State in 1939. Using rich blues, greens, and oranges, this map is an animated and exciting illustrated look at America’s smallest state.
The state of Rhode Island is shown in the center of the map, with Connecticut to the east and Massachusetts on the north and west. Starting in the lower left corner, the municipalities of Rhode Island are listed in alphabetical order with their respective coat of arms, snaking its way around the border of the map to the lower right hand corner.
Pictured at the top and bottom of the map are important buildings in the state like the First Baptist Church of America in Providence, built in 1775. All types of boats are shown in the water and the state’s many golf clubs are labeled as well. Among these are small illustrations of attractions like the Theater-by-the-Sea in Wakefield and the Hannah Robinson Rock & Tower in South Kingstown.
In the upper right corner is a portrait of Roger Williams, founder of the city of Providence. Pictured above the Atlantic Ocean near the bottom of the print is the map’s key, which advises readers to write to Secretary of State J. Hector Paquin for “detailed information” on the state and tourist attractions.
With beautiful coloring and detailed illustrations, this 1939 map of the state of Rhode Island is a charming example of pictorial mapmaking.
Condition: This map is in A condition. A strong impression with bright coloring. Even toning throughout.
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