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1872 Asher and Adams Map of Allentown, PA

City of Allentown. - Main View

1872 Asher and Adams Map of Allentown, PA



City of Allentown.
  1872     11 x 15 in (27.94 x 38.1 cm)


This is a fascinating 1872 map of the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Depicts the whole of the town at the street level and in considerable detail. Individual buildings, parks, and train lines are specifically noted. Allentown, made famous by Billy Joel's classic, 'Allentown,' was a prominent mill town in the late 19th and early 20th century. The whole is a lithograph engraving with beautiful vivid hand applied color washes.


Asher and Adams (fl. c. 1860 - c. 1900) were New York based cartographers active in the latter part of the 19th century. Active in the 1860s and 70s, the New York firm of Asher & Adams produced some of the most detailed and colorful late 19th century American Atlases. Asher & Adams are known for their remarkable state and county atlases which are so detailed that they include individual family homes and names. The Asher & Adams firm followed the quality and style formats pioneered by the earlier Colton and Johnson firms - notable for their distinctive pastel color washes and impressive size. Their most important work is their 1874 Asher & Adams Commercial and Statistical Gazetteer of the United States which is one of the first 19th century atlases to remove topographical information to make room for detailed depictions of railroads. More by this mapmaker...


Very good condition. Part of Philadelphia map on verso.