Statistical Map No. 7. Showing the Location of Street Lamps. City of Washington
By: Capt. J.L. Lusk Photo-Lithograph by: Norris Peters Co.
Date: 1891 (published) Washington D.C.
Dimensions: 28 x 28 inches (71 x 71 cm)
An antique map of Washington D.C. that is sure to brighten up any room. This unique map of the United States capitol presents the location of all street lamps in use during the late 19th century.
Gas lamps are identified in black, oil lamps with a clear circle and the still relatively new invention of electric lamps are identified in red. At the time of printing, there were 434 oil lamps, 321 electric lamps, and a whopping 5,607 gas lamps in use. Electric lamps, which were first used in Paris in 1878 were initially implemented in Washington D.C. to light up 6th street, 14th street, and Pennsylvania Avenue.
This map was one of twelve statistical maps produced in an effort to present large-scale improvements in the infrastructure of the city since the Greene maps of 1880. Each map was drawn on an identical scale and included the prefix “Statistical Map No" before each unique title. Above the title is a full list of avenues names along with their width in feet.
This map and its counterparts offer a unique glimpse into the state of development in the Capitol of the United States just before the turn of the 20th Century.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition, originally issued folding with some separations along the fold lines. The map has been professionally linen-backed with any fold separations filled in by an artist's hand.
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