Olsen, Edwin and Blake Clark (mapmaker).
Boston. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1926.
Color pictographic / pictorial map on sheet 28 1/2 x 37 3/4 inches, folding as issued, now mounted on linen. Map had wear, tears and small paper loss, now archivally conserved. One of three maps of significant cities in American history designed by Edwin Olsen and Blake Clark for the publisher Houghton Mifflin at the time of the Sesqui-Centennial celebration. The other two were of Boston and Washington DC, all inspired by the design of MacDonald Gill's Wonderground Map issued in 1914. This map, like its inspiration, was originally issued in a pictorial envelope, not present here. At lower centre is an inset map presented in a scroll design showing the SesquiCentennial International Exposition. The decorative border features illustrations of important places and events, with small inset maps at the four corners: New Sweden 1654; Penn's Plan 1682; Melish's Map 1816; Penn's Lots 1698. The central map is adorned with images of important buildings and places and textual information. Occasional witty commentary together with the striking bird's eye view style design show the influence of Gill's 1914 map. Item #54246