Map of Ipswich.
1930 (dated) 18 x 21 in (45.72 x 53.34 cm)
This unusual map of Ipswich was drawn in 1930 by Mark Hayes to celebrate the Ipswich Tercentennial. Covers Ipswich from Plum Island to Hamilton and Wenham Lake. Includes profiles of historic buildings including the Old Church in Rowley, The First North Church, the Choate Bridge, the Whipple House, the home of Reverend John Wise in Essex, and the Annisquam and Ipswich lighthouses. Elaborate floral border.
This is considered a 'figural map' or a 'decorative map,' and reflects a style that first began to appear around 1910. As a map its intention is not so much to provide direction as to illustrate the character, famous places, and historical appeal of Ipswich. Cartographically speaking, this map style most likely draws its inspiration from late 19th century 'tourist maps' and 'railroad maps.' Tourist Maps, common to major cities in Europe (usually Paris or London), included profiles of notable buildings and monuments and were designed to help foreign tourists identify and navigate to the most important sights. 'Railroad Maps' are a related genre more common to the United States. During the latter part of the 19th century railroad boom, railroad companies began issuing decorative route maps extolling the virtues various regions and their accessibility by rail. Standing somewhere between this two map styles, our map combines the decorative aspects of both while reducing cartographic value. It may be hard to get from A to B using this map, but its attractive design and decorative flourishes, make it an excellent souvenir and memento of a wonderful Ipswich vacation.
Good. Minor creasing where folded by a previous owner - see image. Two closed verso repairs.