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1898 Lake Champlain Transportation Map of New York to Montreal

Showing the Route of the Champlain Transportation Co's Steamers.  The Gateway of the Country. - Main View

1898 Lake Champlain Transportation Map of New York to Montreal


Beautiful chromolithograph map of the New York - Lake George - Lake Champlain - Montreal route.



Showing the Route of the Champlain Transportation Co's Steamers. The Gateway of the Country.
  1898 (undated)     27.5 x 15.75 in (69.85 x 40.005 cm)     1 : 480000


A stunning 1898 chromolithograph map illustrating the routes of the Champlain Transportation Company. The map covers the briskly travelled Hudson Valley / Lake Champlain corridor between New York City and Montreal, extending eastward to the Atlantic to include Portland, Portsmouth, and Boston. While the focus of the map are the ferry routes through Lake George and Lake Champlain, the map also illustrates railroad lines operating by the Champlain Transportation Company to various points in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and White Mountains. Competing but connecting railroad lines appear in black. The mountainous regions are highlighted to suggestive that these destinations are cool summer resorts.
Champlain Transportation Co.
The Lake Champlain Transportation Company is the oldest steamboat company in the United States. The founding of the company followed the 1823 opening of the 63 mile canal connecting Lake Champlain to the Hudson River, opening the region to easy access from New York City and all points south. Founded by William A. Griswald, the company received its charter on October 26, 1826. The first Lake Champlain steamer, the Franklin, launched shortly thereafter. Eventually it grew to operate multiple steamers, also operating on Lake George. From 1895 to 1901, when this map was made, it was managed by James Roosevelt, father of Franklin Delano.
Chromolithography is a color lithographic technique developed in the mid-19th century. The process involved using multiple lithographic stones, one for each color, to yield a rich composite effect. Oftentimes, the process would start with a black basecoat upon which subsequent colors were layered. Some chromolithographs used 30 or more separate lithographic stones to achieve the desired effect. Chromolithograph color could also be effectively blended for even more dramatic effects. The process became extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when it emerged as the dominate method of color printing.
Publication History and Census
The OCLC suggests that this map may have been issued form 1892 through 1898. There may be as many as three surviving examples cited in institutional collections, but it is unclear if any of these examples are truly relate dot the present map, as the cataloging is sloppy at best and none are digitized. There is no identifiable market history. Very rare.


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Very good. Laid own on archival tissue. Timetable, still readable, on verso. Minor edge wear and fold-line wear.


OCLC 706074434.