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1905 Murphy View Map of Boston Harbor: Boston to Cape Cod

Bird's Eye View of Boston Harbor and South Shore to Provincetown Showing Steamboat Routes.
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Title:    Bird's Eye View of Boston Harbor and South Shore to Provincetown Showing Steamboat Routes.

Description:    A remarkable chromolithograph map and view of Boston Harbor from Boston to Provincetown. The view includes all of Cape Cod Bay, Quincy Bay and Dorchester Bay with the communities of Boston, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, Hough's Neck, Mingham, Nantasket, Duxbury, Plymouth, Cohasset, Scituate, and Provincetown noted. Also notes many of the islands in Boston Harbor including Moon Island, Spectacle Island, Thomson's Island, Long Island, Governor's Island, and many others. Ferry and steamboat routes are noted. Smoke rises from Boston's many manufactories. Today such might be construed as symbol of pollution and urban defilement, but when this view was printed; busy smokestacks were symbols of commercial prosperity and industrial optimism. Published by John F. Murphy of South Station, Boston. Dated and copyrighted 1905 by the Federal Engraving and Publishing Co., Boston, Massachusetts.

Date:    1905 (dated)

References:    Library of Congress, Map Division, G3762.B65A35 1905 .F4.

Cartographer:    John F. Murphy (fl. c. 1880 - 1920) was a news agent and businessman active in the Boston area during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Murphy managed numerous successful businesses in Boston and the surrounding area, including a number of news stands in railroad stations across the state. He is best known for his publication "Birds Eye Views of Boston Harbor", a tourist oriented map series focusing on Boston Harbor, Cape Cod, the South Shore and Provincetown. Click here for a list of rare maps by John Murphy.

Size:   Printed area measures 17 x 20 inches (43.18 x 50.8 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Original fold lines visible. Some wrinkles nicely flattened. Blank on verso.

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Code:   BostonCapeCod-murphy-1905 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

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