This is a c. 1948 Geographia Map Company city map or plan of Manhattan, New York City. Focusing on the island of Manhattan, pictorial vignettes highlight tourist sites throughout the borough, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, and Yankee Stadium. Parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx are also illustrated, along with the New Jersey waterfront along the Hudson River. The bridges spanning both the Hudson and East Rivers are illustrated in profile and both the Lincoln Tunnel and Holland Tunnel are labeled. Only major streets are depicted in Manhattan, with some of the subway lines illustrated as well. An inset map of the greater New York City area situated in the upper right quadrant, shades in the other four boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. It also includes the counties in the vicinity, including Westchester and Nassau Counties. A location index is included along both the left and right borders, with a key to street numbers, figures concerning population, and outstanding events in the city's history situated along the bottom.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created and published by the Geographia Map Company c. 1948. We are unaware of any other examples of this edition of this map in institutional collections or on the private market. Editions of this map were published by Geographia into the 1970s.
Geographia, Ltd. (1911 - 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 Ltd. is best known for its folding pocket maps and globes. Many of his maps were drawn by a mysterious 'Mr. Fountain' of which we have been able to discovery little. Gross ran into financial problems around 1940, likely associated with World War II, and relocated with offices in New York at 11 John Street. There he issued a large corpus of U.S. focused maps and city plans. By the 1940s, the branch in the United States had been renamed the Geographia Map Company and experienced rapid growth. By the 1950s Geographia had published maps of dozens of cities across the United States. In 1987, the British branch was bought out by Harper Collins and continues to produce maps under the Collins Bartholomew imprint. Rand McNally bought the New York based Geographia Map Company in the late 1980s, but its original owners repurchased the Geographia Map Company a few years later and still operate the company in Hackensack, New Jersey. Gross's daughter, Phyllis Isobella Gross / Pearsall (1906 - 1996) founded the Geographers' A-Z Map Company in London, the largest independent map publisher in the United Kingdom. In the UK, they offices were originally at 33 Strand, where they published as 'Geographia Designing and Publishing Company Ltd.'. Later, by 1933, they had relocated to 55 Fleet Street, where they remained until ate least 1937. By 1942, they related to 167 Fleet Street, followed by 114 Fleet Street by 1964. It is of note that many of the Geographia Ltd. maps feature a peculiar dating system wherein the letters in the world CUMBERLAND correspond to the numbers 1234567890, such that a date is rendered by substitution, so A.MU would break out like this A = 8, M = 3, U = 2, so 8.32 or, August 1932. Or, MM.YY e.g. E.MC = 5.31 = May 1931.
Very good. Even overall toning. Light wear along original fold lines. Text and printed photographs on verso.