Auction 125, Lot 278

"Aeoplane View of Michigan Looking South from Sault Ste. Marie",

Subject: Michigan

Period: 1910 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

18.8 x 23 inches
47.8 x 58.4 cm

This is a rare and beautifully colored promotional piece that was published by the Arnold Transit Company. From a high altitude, it shows White Fish Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, Canada at the bottom, extending to show Mackinac Island and all of Michigan including some of the Upper Peninsula. Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago are on the distant horizon. Shipping lanes are delineated as are the named railroads throughout Michigan. The tiny village of Harbor Springs appears on Little Traverse Bay. On the verso are illustrations of the Upper Peninsula with tourist information and advertisements for the steamships serving the area. Folds into tri-fold covers (4.5 x 5.8") with time tables for the Steamers Chippewa, Elva, Mackinac, and Islander July 1 to Sept 10, 1910. Title on cover: Bird's Eye View of Michigan looking South from Sault Ste. Marie. The Arnold Transit Company still serves the island, but now with high speed catamaran ferries. A rare issue for which we find no prior catalog listing or other references. The word aeoplane in the title is indeed misspelled.


Condition: A

Map is near fine with just a few small fold intersection splits, common on thick paper. Cover with a little toning near edges and two small edge tears at bottom.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/24/2008