Auction 136, Lot 280

Children's Cartograph Style Map

"The Commonwealth of Connecticut…",

Subject: Connecticut

Period: 1926 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

35 x 27.5 inches
88.9 x 69.9 cm

This charming map was drawn by Amy Drevenstedt in a cartoon style that was in fashion in the early 20th century. It was "Published for your Entertainment and Enlightenment by the Children's Bookshop, 33 Wall Street, New Haven." There are many charming figures and icons drawn on the map, including a lion and clown where "The circus goes into winter quarters," numerous ships and steamers, airplanes, birds, important buildings, and much more. Surrounded by a wide pictorial border with illustrations of the Yankee Peddler, the Mill at new London 1653, Webster's home in West Hartford, Nathan Hale's school, the Tower of Harkness Memorial Quadrangle Yale University, the Whitfield House 1639, and several more. The map locates schools, colleges and universities, roads, railroads and rivers. Embellished with a decorative title cartouche, nautically themed secondary cartouche distance scale and a compass rose. Printed on thick paper with blank verso. Amy Drevenstedt was an illustrator who is best known for a map depicting the flight of Charles Lindbergh.


Condition: B+

The thick paper has led to some fold intersection splits, some with small loss, and one short fold split at right. Some old thumbtack marks in corner.

Estimate: $120 - $180

Sold for: $70

Closed on 6/1/2011