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Auction 166, Lot 218

"Washington - The Beautiful Capital of the Nation", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Washington, D.C.

Period: 1923 (dated)


Color: Black & White

29.2 x 19 inches
74.2 x 48.3 cm
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This is a fabulous bird's-eye ("Aero View") map that shows the city in amazing detail. Every building is individually drawn, and all roads are shown and named. The view is from the Capitol and the Library of Congress looking north into rural areas of Maryland. Many important buildings and monuments are named directly on the map, which is supplemented with over 70 Buildings and Places of Interest keyed below the map. Above the map is a second title: "Baltimore and Ohio, America's First Railroad, Washington's First Railroad." Verso is mostly blank save for a 15" x 8.3" map detailing the routes of the Baltimore & Ohio RR in the eastern U.S. and west as far as St. Louis. The map folds into a 48-page promotional booklet (6 x 9") that is filled with information and photographs for the tourist. The front cover states Washington is "The city that no patriotic American can visit without a better realization of the value of his citizenship." At the center of the booklet is a third map "Map of Washington Compiled for the Baltimore & Ohio R.R." Art Deco-style border on cover page and the logo for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at bottom.


Condition: B+

The map is clean and bright with a few short splits at fold intersections and a short binding tear confined to the left blank margin. Text and illustrations are very good, and the paper wrappers are lightly soiled.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/14/2018