1912 Matthews-Northrup Map of the New England Summer Resorts

NewEngland-matthewsnorthrup-1912
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Summer Resorts of the Coast, Lake and Mountain Regions along the Boston & Maine Railroad and Connections.
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1912 Matthews-Northrup Map of the New England Summer Resorts

NewEngland-matthewsnorthrup-1912

Wonderfully decorative vacationer's map of New England.

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Title


Summer Resorts of the Coast, Lake and Mountain Regions along the Boston & Maine Railroad and Connections.
  1912 (undated)    25.25 x 28 in (64.135 x 71.12 cm)     1 : 9000000

Description


A wonderfully decorative 1912 map of New England issued by the Matthews-Northrup company. The map covers from New York City northwards along the Atlantic coast as far as New Brunswick and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence; and from the Hudson River Valley to the Atlantic Seaboard. The broad network of the Boston and Maine Railroad is highlighted in bright red. An inset map in the lower right highlights the 'American Switzerland,' or the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Elevation and topography is indicated via shading. This map was issued by the Matthews-Northrup Company for the Boston and Maine Railroad.

Cartographer


Matthews-Northrup Works (fl. c. 1900 - 1930) were a Buffalo, New York based, in their own words, "writing, designing, engraving, printing, [and] binding" firm. The firm was founded by George E Matthews as the J. N. Matthews Company. William P. Northrup later joined the company as an apprentice and then partner, at which point the firm was reincorporated as the Matthews-Northrup Works. The Matthews-Northrup Works rose to prominence as publishers and printers of Railroad Maps, with dozens to their credit. They also famously redesigned the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1910. Despite some six previous cover changes in just 21 years, the Matthews-Northrup layout proved so popular that it was used for nearly 50 years. The firm can also take credit for the Winchell typeface, designed in 1903 under E. E. Winchell's tenure as art director. Curiously, the partners of Matthews-Northrup maintained an unusual affectation in which only the officers of the company could wear beards or mustaches. In this same spirit, the firm also had its own private social club, the Fellowcraft Club, where the all-male employees could relax, play pool, drink and dine. Matthews-Northrup maintained offices on Washington Street, Buffalo, where they were based, as well as Madison Square, New York City, Garden Tower, Boston, and the Citizens Building in Cleveland.

Condition


Very good. Backed on archival tissue. Minor border repair lower left quadrant.