1930s Geographia Map or Plan of Queens, New York
Description: This is an impressive 1930s map of or plan of Queens, New York, issued by Alexander Gross and published by the Geographia Map Company. The map covers the easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City from Rockaway Point (Breezy Point) northward to the East River and Flushing Bay, including Jamaica Bay. Roosevelt Island (Welfare Island) is also included. The map is exceptionally detailed and identifies streets, cemeteries, parks, rivers, bays, marsh land, golf courses and a host of other topographical features. Transportation lines including subway lines, bus routes, and subway stations are identified in red. The map notes the Triborough Bridge (JFK Bridge) still under construction, suggesting that this map was issued in the early 1930s, after construction on the bridge began in 1929 and before completion in 1936. The map also notes identifies Flushing Airport, a now decommissioned airfield. The Jamaica Sea Airport is also identified. The Jamaica Sea Airport was an airstrip in Idlewild that opened in 1927, before the existence of JFK Airport. A street index is included below map proper. This map was published by the Geographia Map Company, New York, under the direction of Alexander Gross, F.R.G.S.
Date: 1930s (undated)
Cartographer: Geographia, Ltd. was a London based cartographic publishing firm active from about 1910 until about 1985. The company was founded by Alexander Gross (1879-1958), a Hungarian immigrant to the United Kingdom. Geographia is best known for its folding pocket maps and globes. Later in the early 20th century, Geographia expanded with offices in New York at 11 John Street and issued a large corpus of U.S. focused maps and city plans. In the later part of the 1980s the firm was bought out by Harper Collins and continues to produces maps under the Collins Bartholomew imprint. Click here for a list of rare maps from Geographia.
Size: Printed area measures 24 x 37 inches (60.96 x 93.98 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 35000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue. Minor red markings over Jamaica Bay.
Code: Queens-gross-1930s (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Queens , City Plan , Geographia