Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 344

"Map of Sioux City, Iowa",

Subject: Iowa, Railroads

Period: 1886 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

7.2 x 8 inches
18.3 x 20.3 cm

A most unusual cartographic item, this sheet of stationary has a colored map of the city on one side, published by Samuel A. Hoskins, Bookseller & Stationer of Sioux City. This ephemeral piece includes a tiny railroad inset map of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. It has to be the smallest possible railroad map at the diminutive size of 1.5 x 1", but is so finely printed that it manages to carry an remarkable amount of detail. On the reverse is a manuscript letter in black ink. In it, the population of Sioux City is mentioned at 23,000, which dates this document to about 1886. The writer has also added several ink embellishments to the map itself. A desirable and uncommon ephemeral item.


Condition: B

In very good condition considering its purpose. A few fold splits closed with archival tape, and a little folding toning

Estimate: $100 - $150


Closed on 3/6/2007