1950 Miller Pictorial Map of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A Map of Interesting Cape Cod. - Main View

1950 Miller Pictorial Map of Cape Cod, Massachusetts


A rare pictorial map of Cape Cod highlighting the region's restful outdoor activities making it a perfect vacation destination.


A Map of Interesting Cape Cod.
  1950 (undated)     22 x 33.5 in (55.88 x 85.09 cm)     1 : 146000


This is a c. 1950 F. J. Miller pictorial map of Cape Cod. The map depicts the region from central Massachusetts to the Atlantic Ocean and from Provincetown and Duxbury to Woods Hole. Towns and villages are identified throughout Cape Cod, including Hyannisport, Provincetown, and Barnstable. Otis Air Force Base is labeled and marked by an American flag. New Bedford, noted here as an 'old whaling town', is highlighted by a vignette of a whale knocking two men out of their rowboat. Buzzards Bay, Vineyard South, Nantucket Sound, and Cape Cod Bay are all labeled. A fisherman taking his catch to shore in a rowboat dominates the center of Cape Cod Bay. A decorative title cartouche in the upper left quadrant features a large fishing net and two seagulls. The whole is surrounded by a rope motif border which alludes to the region's nautical heritage, that also serves as a barrier between the map and a pictorial border. This pictorial border lauds life on Cape Cod as being luxurious and restful by illustrating families at the beach, artists passing the time painting the picturesque scenery, bucolic coastal scenes of windmills and cottages, and sportsmen fishing and golfing.
Publication History and Census
This map is copyrighted to F. J. Miller of 1045 High Street, Westwood, Massachusetts. The OCLC records only one example in an institutional collection at Harvard University and this is only the third example that we are aware of that has entered the private market. The W.E.B. Du Bois Library of UMass Amherst has a nearly identical map ascribed to one Mary E. Murray that does not have Miller's copyright information. The main difference between the two is that the Miller map has a red border and was printed using a three-color lithograph process whereas the Murray examples use only a two-color process. Of the two variants, the Miller map appears with considerably less frequency. As to which came first, it is nearly impossible to tell, but certainly both are of a vintage.


Forest James Miller (1930 - 2014) was an American fine artist based in Massachusetts and North Tonawanda, New York. Miller was based out of 1045 High Street, Westwood, MA. Learn More...


Very good. Even overall toning. Closed tear extending one eighth of an inch into the printed area professionally repaired on verso. Wear along bottom margin. Blank on verso.


OCLC 953099996.