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Auction 145, Lot 212

"Birds Eye View of the Great Cattle Region of America",

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1880 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

5.3 x 10.1 inches
13.5 x 25.7 cm
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This small bird’s-eye view covers the entire Midwest. All major cattle producing states and territories are shown accompanied by a table at bottom listing cattle populations for each state for the year 1879. Numerous miniature cattle drives are depicted all converging on company headquarters in St. Louis. The map locates important cities plus several cattle ranches, including the Hunters Ranch in the Oklahoma panhandle (shown as part of Texas), Hunter & Evans Ranch, and Newmans Ranch in Nebraska.

The verso of the map illustrates a view of the factory of the St. Louis Beef Canning Works, the company’s unique can design and trademark, a calendar for 1880 and some information about the company and the "Great Cattle Region of America." The company’s claim that "We Supply the World" is reinforced on the map by the image of a steamship departing the mouth of the Mississippi River for Europe. A charming and rare little map from the golden age of the early cattle business in America. Printed by Compton Label Works.


Condition: B

Issued folding and now flattened and encased in mylar. There are two complete vertical separations and two small chips in the text panels, both just outside of the map neatline.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/12/2013