Bird's Eye View of Boston Harbor in colors Along the South Shore to Plymouth Cape Code Canal and Provincetown Showing all Steamboat Routes.
c. 1899 (undated)
16 x 19.5 in (40.64 x 49.53 cm)
A remarkable chromolithograph map and view of Boston Harbor from Boston to Provincetown. 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. Though undated the style is clearly that of the 1890s. Published by the Union News Company of New York and Boston.
Union News Company (fl. c. 1890 - 1969) was founded by William Skelly in the late 1800's and operated until the late 1960s. After the railroads opened it became custom to have boys -newsboys- pass through the cars with waters, newspapers and other small amenities. Skelly was the first newsboy on the railroad and became well known among railroad passengers. He gradually increased his facilities, hiring additional newsboys, until he virtually monopolized the railroad news business. He made a small fortune and used this to found the Union News Company. The company was first known for the sales of newspapers in stations until it was able to expand and being selling papers on the train and in station restaurants. Union News continued to grow becoming major distributors of postcards and other printed items through their newsstands at hotels, rail and subway stations. The company officially folded in 1969.
Very good condition. Folds into original binder but flattens nicely. Blank on verso.