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Vintage Map of The Month: Panorama of the Great Metropolis

Panorama of the great metropolis. Phelps, Fanning & Co. ca. 1850s. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.

From Brooklyn Historical Society:

Titled “Panorama of the Great Metropolis,” this month’s featured map actually consists of three maps and two bird’s-eye views. The maps shows the city of New York, the city of Brooklyn, and the Hudson River, while the views and illustrations provide images of New York City, including tourist attractions such as Union Square and the Latting Conservatory. Although this piece isn’t dated, it’s likely that it was used to promote the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, a World’s Fair held in New York City in 1853.

Click here to view detail of the bird’s-eye view of New York.

Click here to view detail of the New York Crystal Palace.

Interested in seeing more maps? You can view the BHS map collection anytime during the library’s open hours, Wed.-Fri., from 1-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to view most maps. Our cataloged maps can be searched through BobCat and our map inventories through Emma.

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