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Auction 124, Lot 254

"Detroit and Cleveland Steam Navigation Co. Steamers City of Mackinac and City of Cleveland for Mackinac",

Subject: Michigan, Mackinac Island

Period: 1882 (dated)


Color: Black & White

17 x 13.5 inches
43.2 x 34.3 cm
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A most uncommon tourist brochure that features two large maps that completely fill one side. The first is "Birds eye View of the Regular Daily Line of the Palace Steamers City of Detroit & Northwest between Detroit & Cleveland also their popular Excursion Routes." This bird's-eye view shows Port Huron to the left, Detroit in the center, Toledo to the right, and Cleveland across Lake Erie on the distant horizon. Fine detail depicts all railroads and steamship routes. A table at upper left gives the fares from 28 towns with "Berths and State Rooms extra." At lower left is a well rendered engraving of the steamships City of Detroit and City of Mackinac underway with bellowing smoke. The second map details the area of northern Michigan south through Lake Huron to Port Huron. The map locates Carp Lake, Moran, Little Traverse, Petoskey, Cheboygan, Alpena, Bay City and many more. A handsome vignettes shows the City of Mackinac in an oval frame "The Palace Steamer City of Mackinac Built in 1873 for this Service." A large inset at bottom center is a bird's-eye view of Mackinac Island and its National Park. A key to 12 important spots is at upper left. In addition to timetables and fares there are also plan views of four steamers, namely the Northwest, City of Detroit, City of Cleveland and City of Mackinac. A panel describes the "24 O'clock System" stating that it is a "better system of computing time, the confusion arising from a.m. and p.m. is avoided." Self-folds with richly engraved views of steamships and scenery, and fancy Victorian-style titles.


Condition: B+

A nice, sound example with some faint toning.

Estimate: $120 - $160

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/7/2008