Auction 134, Lot 164

"The New York Central & Hudson River RR and Connections / The Health and Pleasure Resorts of New York and New England…", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Northeastern United States

Period: 1899 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
39 x 15.5 inches
99.1 x 39.4 cm

This is an early promotional brochure that has on one side a large and very colorful map of the northeast that extends westward to include the Great Lakes and on to show Minneapolis, Des Moines, and St. Louis. The map uses 3-D topography and a false horizon in the north to give the impression of a bird's-eye view. Excellent detail of the railroad system with special emphasis on the New York Central & Hudson River RR, the Only Four-Track Railroad in the World. Adjacent to lower title is a vignette showing Grand Central Station. The upper title is in very fancy Victorian lettering with shadowing and flourishes. The 20-panel brochure self-folds into a pictorial cover (4" x 8") with fancy lettering titled, "America's Great Resorts." Opposite the map are photographs and marketing descriptions on the popular resorts of the day including Watkins Glen, Cayuga Lake, Berkshire Hills, Lake George, Saratoga, the Adirondack Mountains, Niagara Falls and more. An early and most uncommon issue.

References:

Condition: B+

The brochure and map have flawless color and impression, but has a split along one fold and a few short fold intersection splits that could be easily mended.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $70

Closed on 12/1/2010

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