Auction 170, Lot 215

"[Lot of 2] Panoramic Perspective of the Area Adjacent to Boulder Dam as It Will Appear When Lake Is Filled [and] Las Vegas Nevada - Still a Frontier Town",

Subject: Southwestern United States, Las Vegas

Period: 1938-39 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

30.1 x 17 inches
76.5 x 43.2 cm

A. Panoramic Perspective of the Area Adjacent to Boulder Dam as It Will Appear When Lake Is Filled, by Gerald A. Eddy, dated 1938 (30.1 x 17.0"). This is a great example of pictorial bird's-eye-style maps that were used for advertising and publicity in the early part of the 20th century. This colorful perspective map covers the region serviced by the Union Pacific Railroad, from Salt Lake City (shown on the distant horizon) down to Boulder City, which appears to be larger than Las Vegas. It has a great depiction of Boulder Dam including a small portion of Black Canyon and shows water spraying from the turbine generator outlets. Steamships (!) are shown in Lake Mead. The map also includes the Grand Canyon, the National Parks of Bryce and Zion, Cedar Breaks Nat. Monument, and more. The route of Union Pacific Tours is shown along the north rim of the Grand Canyon where the Union Pacific Grand Canyon Lodge is prominently located. This striking image was drawn by Gerald A. Eddy of Los Angeles. The verso is filled with information for the tourist including photographs taken during the dam's construction, a road map of the west and an early photograph of Las Vegas. Self folds into covers showing Boulder Dam drawn and titled in Art Deco style.

B. Las Vegas Nevada - Still a Frontier Town, by Las Vegas Nevada Chamber of Commerce, dated 1939 (15.9 x 8.6"). A small pictorial map covering Las Vegas, Boulder Dam, Lake Mead, and beyond. Filled with illustrations intended to represent the region including a rodeo scene, horse racing, gambling, wedding, prospecting, and more. Drawn by Raymond Winters. Related text on verso.


Condition: A

Colorful examples, issued folding.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $325

Closed on 11/14/2018