1916 Rand McNally Map or City Plan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description: This is a fine example of the 1916 Rand McNally pocket map of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This city plan covers Philadelphia from the Queen Lake Reservoir to St. Mary's Cemetery and from the Pennsylvania hospital for the insane in west Philadelphia to Petty's Island. Part of Camden, New Jersey is also included. The map is highly detailed, showing street grids, parks, cemeteries, buildings, rivers, islands, railroads, and other topographical information. Red lines throughout the map indicate public transport routes. An inset map in the lower right quadrant details Philadelphia and vicinity with electric lines shown in red. A street index is printed on verso. This map was issued by Rand McNally & Co. in 1916 as 'The Rand McNally Vest Pocket Map of Philadelphia and Vicinity.'
Date: 1916 (dated)
Cartographer: Rand McNally (fl. 1856 - present) is an American publisher of maps, atlases and globes. The company was founded in 1856 when William H. Rand, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, opened a print shop in Chicago. Rand hired the recent Irish immigrant Andrew McNally to assist in the shop giving him a wage of 9 USD per week. The duo landed several important contracts, including the Tribune's (later renamed the Chicago Tribune) printing operation. In 1872 Rand McNally produced its first map, a railroad guide, using new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As the Chicago developed as a railway hub the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of maps and guides. Over time the firm expanded into atlases, globes, education books, and general literature. By embracing the cost effective wax engraving process Rand McNally was able to dominate the map and atlas market, pushing more traditional American lithographic publishers like Colton, Johnson, and Mitchell out of business. Eventually Rand McNally opened an annex office in New York City headed by Caleb S. Hammond, whose name is today synonymous with maps and atlases, and who later started his own map company, C. S. Hammond & Co. Both firms remain in business. Click here for a list of rare maps by Rand McNally.
Size: Printed area measures 27 x 21 inches (68.58 x 53.34 centimeters)
Scale: 1: 20300
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and verso repair along original fold lines. Street index on verso. Folds into original binder. Few ink stains on top portion of map.
Code: Philadelphia-randmcnally-1916 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)