Bird's Eye View of Boston Harbor Along the South Shore to Provincetown.
16 x 19.5 in (40.64 x 49.53 cm)
This is a 1920 Union News view and map of the Boston Harbor from Boston to Provincetown. In the late 19th and early 20th century, such views were popular travel souvenirs sold at newsstands in train and ferry stations, as well as by newsboys onboard the trains and ferries themselves.
A Closer LookThe view covers 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, Nantucket, Duxbury, Plymouth, Cohasset, Scituate, and Provincetown noted. Many of the islands in Boston Harbor, including Moon Island, Spectacle Island, Thomson's Island, Long Island, Governor's Island, and others are also labeled. An index in the bottom margin identifies 30 locations throughout the region. Ferry and steamboat routes are noted throughout.
Publication HistoryThis view was copyrighted by the Union News Company and is based upon the late 19th century view of John Murphy. It was engraved and printed by the Federal Engraving Co., and published by the Union News Company, Boston, Massachusetts. 4 examples are cataloged in OCLC: Library of Congress, Boston College, the State Library of Massachusetts, and the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine.
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, and later steamship, 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. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Light toning. Minor closed margin tears repaired on verso. Reinforced where once attached to original binder. Accompanied by original binder.
OCLC 21533422, 656487565.