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1940 Geographia Company City Plan or Map of New York City

The Complete Map of New York (Manhattan).

1940 Geographia Company City Plan or Map of New York City


Large attractive city plan of Manhattan, New York City.



The Complete Map of New York (Manhattan).
  1940 (undated)    36 x 18 in (91.44 x 45.72 cm)     1 : 22000


This is an excellent map of New York City by Alexander Gross dating to c.1940. The map covers the borough of Manhattan from the Battery north as far as 104th street. Parts of Brooklyn and Queens are included, as is Roosevelt Island (at the time known as Welfare Island and was principally used for hospitals). Offers extraordinary detail throughout, noting the IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit Company) subway lines, the BMT (Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation) subway lines, elevated lines, Independent subway lines, ferry lines, bus lines and stations. Parks, streets and important buildings are also identified. Times Square is identified by its current as well as former name (Longacre Square).

At the time this map was published, New York had earned the reputation of being the most urbanized city in the world. As the world's first megalopolis, New York witnessed large-scale development in its infrastructure even during the Depression era. In fact, some of the New York's tallest skyscrapers and art deco buildings were built during this period.

This map was published under the direction of Alexander Gross and published by the Geographia Map Co.


Geographia, Ltd. (fl. c 1910 - 1985) was a London based cartographic publishing firm. The company was founded by Alexander Gross (1879-1958), a Hungarian immigrant to the United Kingdom. Geographia is best known for its folding pocket maps and globes. Later in the early 20th century, Geographia expanded with offices in New York at 11 John Street and issued a large corpus of U.S. focused maps and city plans. In the later part of the 1980s the firm was bought out by Harper Collins and continues to produces maps under the Collins Bartholomew imprint.


Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines.
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