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1930s Geographia Map or Plan of Queens, New York

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1930s Geographia Map or Plan of Queens, New York




  1930s (undated)     37 x 24 in (93.98 x 60.96 cm)     1 : 35000


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.


Geographia, Ltd. (1911 - 1985) was a London based cartographic publishing firm. The company was founded by Alexander Gross (1879 - 1958), a Hungarian immigrant to the United Kingdom. Geographia Ltd. is best known for its folding pocket maps and globes. Many of his maps were drawn by a mysterious 'Mr. Fountain' of which we have been able to discovery little. Gross ran into financial problems around 1940, likely associated with World War II, and relocated with offices in New York at 11 John Street. There he issued a large corpus of U.S. focused maps and city plans. By the 1940s, the branch in the United States had been renamed the Geographia Map Company and experienced rapid growth. By the 1950s Geographia had published maps of dozens of cities across the United States. In 1987, the British branch was bought out by Harper Collins and continues to produce maps under the Collins Bartholomew imprint. Rand McNally bought the New York based Geographia Map Company in the late 1980s, but its original owners repurchased the Geographia Map Company a few years later and still operate the company in Hackensack, New Jersey. Gross's daughter, Phyllis Isobella Gross / Pearsall (1906 - 1996) founded the Geographers' A-Z Map Company in London, the largest independent map publisher in the United Kingdom. In the UK, they offices were originally at 33 Strand, where they published as 'Geographia Designing and Publishing Company Ltd.'. Later, by 1933, they had relocated to 55 Fleet Street, where they remained until ate least 1937. By 1942, they related to 167 Fleet Street, followed by 114 Fleet Street by 1964. It is of note that many of the Geographia Ltd. maps feature a peculiar dating system wherein the letters in the world CUMBERLAND correspond to the numbers 1234567890, such that a date is rendered by substitution, so A.MU would break out like this A = 8, M = 3, U = 2, so 8.32 or, August 1932. Or, MM.YY e.g. E.MC = 5.31 = May 1931. Learn More...


Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue. Minor red markings over Jamaica Bay.