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1882 Strangers Guide Map of Washington D.C. and Georgetown

Map of Washington, Georgetown and Vicinity. - Main View

1882 Strangers Guide Map of Washington D.C. and Georgetown



Map of Washington, Georgetown and Vicinity.
  1882 (dated)     18.5 x 17.5 in (46.99 x 44.45 cm)     1 : 25000


An interesting 1882 map of Washington D.C. issued by the W. H. Morrison. The map covers all of Washington D. C. as well as the surrounding region and was prepared for The Strangers Guide to Washington, Georgetown and Vicinity. This map was clearly reduced from a larger map, most likely a government publication, and consequently, can be difficult to read in places.


William H. Morrison (fl. c. 1880 - 1910) was a law book specialist, publisher, and stationer active in Washington D. C. during the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century. He often published with 'O.H. Morrison,' presumably his brother, with whom he inherited the works of William M. Morrison, presumably his father. The Morrisons were best known for their Morrison's stranger's guide to the City of Washington and its vicinity, published between the 1840s and 1890s.

Morrison was described thus by his contemporaries:

W. H. Morrison is, in the usual term, a hustler, being his own solicitor. By scouting surrounding towns is a fast building up a good trade. His long experiences in the line and extensive acquaintance give him at once a good position in the trade. -The American Stationer Feb 4, 1892.
Morrison printed maps and Guides to Washington D.C. as well acted as a bespoken stationer and a government printer. Among other things, Morrison was a strong advocate of paper currency - no doubt hoping to get an edge on the business of printing money. He maintained a storefront at 475 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W. More by this mapmaker...


Morrison, W. H., Stranger's Guide, (Washington D.C.) 1883.    


Good. Some wear on original fold lines. Archivally backed with Japanese tissue.


Bryan, W. B., Bibliography of the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), p. 121.