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Auction 179, Lot 315

"The Evergreen Playground - Neither Europe Nor Asia Nor South America Has a Prospect in Which Sea and Woods and Snow Mountains Are So United in a Landscape", Kroll, Map Company

Subject: Washington

Period: 1945 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
31.8 x 19.1 inches
80.8 x 48.5 cm
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This is a finely rendered bird's-eye view of Western Washington and Puget Sound viewed from behind Mount Rainer. Includes Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle at the center and north to include Bellingham as well as the Canadian cities of Victoria and Vancouver. The view also shows in its entirety the Olympic Peninsula, locating Shelton, Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Neah Bay and all of the Pacific beach communities south to Hoquiam. Good detail of the Cascade Mountains all the way to Canada. Each town and city is depicted with individual buildings. Produced to promote tourism and business, the map suggests the area has "Unequaled Transportation Facilities" which include highways, numerous railroads, water routes and "Excellent Air Service to all Points." The ship routes are delineated including freighter lines to the Orient, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and many others. Surrounded by a very decorative border with totem pole motifs, as well as train, plane, and various recreational and commercial activities. Decorative title cartouche and a second cartouche for the legend. A beautifully rendered mermaid compass rose is in the Pacific just below a stylized sunset with glowing clouds. Created by Ed Poland and lithographed by the N. P. Bank Note Co. in Seattle. Blank verso.

References: Hornsby (Picturing America) #96; Rumsey #8854.

Condition: B+

Light creasing with a hint of toning and some archival tape on verso repairing a couple of tiny holes and tears in the far corners of the sheet.

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/16/2020

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