1925 Walker View Map of Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Harbor. - Main View

1925 Walker View Map of Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts


Boston Harbor during the Roaring Twenties!


Boston Harbor.
  1925 (undated)     13 x 21.5 in (33.02 x 54.61 cm)


This is a c. 1927 George H. Walker and Company bird's-eye view map of Boston Harbor. South Boston occupies the center of the foreground, with a few major streets identified, along with Commonwealth Pier, Pleasure Bay, and Fort Independence on Castle Island. Sailing ships crowd the water between Dorchester Bay and Old Boston Harbor. East Boston, with its many wharves and airport, appear in the foreground on the left. Numerous islands dot the harbor as it stretches toward the horizon. Forts, lighthouses, and other buildings are illustrated on some of these islands. The route of the Nantasket Beach Line Steamers appears as a dashed line, along with the Main Ship Channel between Fort Revere and Boston Light.
Publication History and Census
This view was published by George H. Walker and Company c. 1927. Walker and Company published similar views of Boston Harbor as early as 1897, many of which were sold by newsboys on the harbor's ferries.


George Hiram Walker (January 4, 1852 - November 14, 1927) was a Boston based publisher of books, views, and maps active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Springfield, Vermont, Walker started his life as a dry goods merchant but developed an active interest in publishing during the early 1870s. Walker began publishing in 1878 when he partnered with an unknown New York Firm. Two years later, Walker brought the operation in house by partnering with his brother, Oscar W. Walker, in the opening of a lithography studio at 81 Milk Street, Boston. Shortly thereafter the firm expanded to new offices at 160 Tremont Street, Boston. The Walker brothers produced a large corpus of works, most of which focused on travel and tourism in New England. Walker also established the Walker-Gordon Milk Laboratory with Dr. Thomas Morgan Rotch and Gustave Gordon. This interesting investment was based on the premise that infant deaths could be avoided by providing higher quality milk. The company eventually became a great success, producing a high-quality cow milk that closely resembled human breast milk. In the process the Walker-Gordon laboratory developed many of the dairy health standards that are still with us today. Walker married Irene L. Loud on March 25, 1885. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Reinforced where previously attached to binder.