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U.S. Panoramic Maps

The Panoramic Map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are non-photographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective.

Below are three beauties from the website of the U.S. Historical Archive. The two above show St. Louis, Missouri from 1884 and 1848, while the one below shows Exeter, New Hampshire from the year 1896.




And then below is another really great one, depicting San Francisco in the year 1860, which I found on a very nice site called Historic Maps Restored.


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