By: Rand, McNally & Co.,
Date: 1890 (Published) Chicago
Dimensions: 26.5 x 20.75 inches (67.3 cm x 52.7)
This folding road map of Chicago was published in 1890 by the company who would become the best known publisher of road maps in America, Rand McNally.
This map shows Chicago on both sides with the main side showing details such as the railroads in and around Chicago, of which there were twenty three in 1890. Other details on this side of the map include locations of steam railroads, cable and horse car lines, boulevards and parks and ward boundaries. All streets are labeled and divided into neighborhoods with names that are still in use today. All squares are labeled and the many canals which existed at the time are all denoted. The reverse side is a map of Chicago which defines ‘New City Limits’as of 1890.
The Rand McNally company grew from a one room operation in the Loop of Chicago, with McNally working for Rand till 1868 when they formed the company which still bears their names. When the great fire struck the city, the two quickly buried two of their printing machines in sand to save them, and three days later were already printing again.
Condition: This colored map is in B condition, with some very small holes in the image most of which are at folds of the map. Other loss of paper is in the edge of the map. One area of darker toning on the reverse side is a result of the map having been adhered to a book cover.
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