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Auction 153, Lot 251

"View of New Britain, Conn.", Bailey, O. H. & Co.

Subject: New Britain, Connecticut

Period: 1875 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

25.9 x 20.1 inches
65.8 x 51.1 cm

This attractive bird's-eye view depicts New Britain, Connecticut. The city was well known for its manufacturing and was dubbed the "Hardware City" in the early 20th century. A key at bottom identifies 22 important locations in the city including numerous manufacturers and churches. Surrounding the map title are advertisements for "Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Co." and "Landers, Frary & Clark."

The view was created by Oakley Hoopes Bailey who produced about 375 views during his career, spanning 56 years. After settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1875, Bailey focused his work on towns in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Bailey's views are celebrated for their careful drawings and detailed indices offering a wealth of information on architectural and business information.


Condition: B

Moderate toning with a few small stains in the image and short tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $450 - $550


Closed on 5/20/2015