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Details 1906 Northern Pacific Railway 'Pointer' Dog Map of the Western United States
1906 (dated) $650.00

1896 Northern Pacific Railway 'Pointer' Dog Map of the Western United States

Mark! When you want a Pointer regarding your western trip… - Main View

1896 Northern Pacific Railway 'Pointer' Dog Map of the Western United States


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Mark! When you want a Pointer regarding your western trip…
  1896 (dated)     8 x 10 in (20.32 x 25.4 cm)     1 : 13450000


An utterly charming 1896 lithograph pictorial map issued to promote travel to the Pacific Northwest via the Northern Pacific Railway. This map was issued in 1896 by Charles S. Fee, general passenger agent for the Northern Pacific Railway. It covers the western part of the United States roughly from the Great Lakes to the Pacific. Superimposed upon the map is the image of an English Pointer dog in classic 'pointer' pose. The dogs head spine, and tail illustrate the course of the Norther Pacific Railway from Duluth, Minnesota to Olympia, Washington. Promotional copy overlaying the map reads,
Mark! When you want a Pointer regarding your western trip call on your nearest ticket agent or district passenger agent on the Northern Pacific Railway Co. or address Chas. S. Fee General Passenger Agent St. Paul, Minn.
Below the map proper there are lists of passenger agents and the cities where they can be found.

The verso of the map reveals that this map was actually the official stationary of the Northern Pacific Railway Company. In this case, it is the stationary of Phillip H. Noel, District Passenger Agent in Saint Louis. The letter, which is incomplete, describes a voyage from Butte, Montana to Saint Louis, Missouri, and what appears to be a customer complaint over the inability to acquire a second class through ticket from Butte.

This map was engraved and printed for the Northern Pacific by Poole Brothers of Chicago. It appears to be quite rare, with only a single 'digital' example listed at the OCLC and one at the Washington State Historical Society.


Charles Sumner Fee (September 24, 1853 - September 25, 1923) was an American railroad man active in the American Midwest and California during the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Fee was born in Laurel, Ohio. Fee began his railroad career in 1873 as general secretary to the manager of the Michigan Central Railway. In 1877 he took a position as H. E. Sargent's secretary at the Northern Pacific Railroad, which at the time had only about 400 miles of track. In 1883, he was promoted to Northern Pacific General Passenger Agent, a position he held until 1904, when he took over E. O. McCormic's position as passenger and traffic manager of the San Francisco office of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was one of the directors of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Fee died in San Francisco in 1923, at the time he was still working at the Southern Pacific Railroad. Learn More...

Poole Brothers (fl. c. 1880 - 1968) were a Chicago based firm active in the late 19th and early 20th century with an initial focus on promotional railroad maps. Poole Brothers was founded by George Amos Poole, one of the original four partners in the firm that would become Rand McNally, and his brother William H. Poole. Poole started his own firm, Poole Brothers, as a direct competitor to Rand McNally for the lucrative railroad business. Like many of its competitors, Poole Brothers maintained an office on Chicago's Printer's Row (downtown Loop district). Nevertheless, the two firms, along with Cram and Company, seem to have come to an accord, at least with regard to price-fixing, for which they were cited by the Federal Trade Commission in 1948. Their earliest known work is an 1880 map of Yellowstone National Park. Afterward they went on to produce a vast range of maps and other print products including tickets, cards, coupons, and restaurant menus. In time Poole Brothers merged with Newman-Randolph, which was then acquired by the American Can Company in the early 1960s. The American Can Company liquidated its printing concerns later in the same decade. Learn More...


Very good. A few minor pin holes. Manuscript text on verso.


OCLC 611611768. Washington State Historical Society, EPH 385.061/ N814m 1896.