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The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips | Atlas Obscura

Source: The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips | Atlas Obscura

BY RICHARD KREITNER (WRITER), STEVEN MELENDEZ (MAP) / 20 JUL 2015

Atlas Obscura's Guide To Literary Road Trips

Take a little spin round the USA through eyes of Atlas Obscura’s Literary Road Trip map.

Only one of the many amazingly curious things t see on this great website of world wide oddities and amazing places.

My vacation planning now starts at this site!

Cowan’s Auctions: The Midwest’s Most Trusted Auction House / Antiques / Fine Art / Art Appraisals

Captain D.G. Farragut, Sixth Plate Daguerreotype, Earliest Known Photograph, Ca 1854
Captain D.G. Farragut, Sixth Plate Daguerreotype, Earliest Known Photograph, Ca 1854

On June 13th Cowan’s is offering a remarkable selection of early photographs, letters, documents, flags, political ephemera and more dating from the Revolutionary War-period through the Civil War and beyond, as well as the American West. We are proud to present selections from the Paul DeHaan Collection of items related to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and his flagship, the U.S.S. Hartford. Additionally, photography from the Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection will also be featured in the auction.

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Preview Times

Thursday, June 12: 12:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Friday, June 13: 8:00 – 10:00 am EST

Buyer’s Premium for this auction is 17.5[%]

via Cowan’s Auctions: The Midwest’s Most Trusted Auction House / Antiques / Fine Art / Art Appraisals.

Mexican War, Battle of Buena Vista, Letter Containing Graphic Content 6/13/2014 - American History: Live Salesroom Auction 3pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in. Buena Vista Camp near Saltillo Mexico, April 23, 1847. To Mr. George Smith of Frederick, MD from George Toms. In ink, spelling a bit "creative" and for the most part the entire letter is one sentence, but handwriting clear. Toms describes the march from Matamoros to Buena Vista, a distance of about 500 miles.
Mexican War, Battle of Buena Vista, Letter Containing Graphic Content
6/13/2014 – American History: Live Salesroom Auction
3pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in. Buena Vista Camp near Saltillo Mexico, April 23, 1847. To Mr. George Smith of Frederick, MD from George Toms. In ink, spelling a bit “creative” and for the most part the entire letter is one sentence, but handwriting clear. Toms describes the march from Matamoros to Buena Vista, a distance of about 500 miles.

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Sydney New South Wales in the 1880s

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Great resource material and fun maps from (and yes the name may be too much for some but . .) fuckyeahcartography on tumbler. If you love maps then you might want to follow this user as they always have some fun stuff to share.

Above is One of four maps which tell a fascinating story of the built environment of our Sydney in late 1880s.
They outline buildings with a colour code denoting the building materials used and provide the name of the building and sometimes the proprietors.
Go to the catalogue record where you can zoom down into the streets.
See how Sydney’s buildings looked 50 years later by going to the block plans of the 1920s and 1930s which were similarly surveyed by the Fire and Accident Underwriters’ Association of NSW

Texana Signature Auction to be held March 15 in Dallas

This looks like another fabulous auction from Heritage Auctions.
On of my favorite lots is the Archive of Letters of a Texas Confederate Cavalryman, all dated between January 15, 1858, and August 30, 1866. Most of the letters are between Confederate cavalryman William S. Chapman of the 1st Texas Partisan Rangers (30th Texas Cavalry Regiment), Co. “F”, and his wife, Elizabeth, who remained at their home in Belton, Texas, during the Civil War with their three young children. Nearly fifty-five letters between the young couple are included-thirty-five are written by Elizabeth and the remaining by William. The young Civil War soldier wrote mostly of his service in Indian Territory, where he served a time under Colonel Douglas Cooper, commander of the 1st Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Confederate Rifles. Also included in this archive are over fifteen letters-most war-dated-between Chapman family members, some with envelopes. In all, this frank and revealing archive contains near seventy letters.

David Boozer provides a nice synopsis of the other highlighted offerings for Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions’ Texana Signature Auction #6109 is only days away. Already, several lots have received an abundance of attention, such as the Jacob de Cordova 1849 Map of Texas.

A First Edition, Unrestored Copy of Jacob De Cordova's 1849 Map of Texas in Original Condition
A First Edition, Unrestored Copy of Jacob De Cordova’s 1849 Map of Texas in Original Condition

It’s beautiful, rare, and important — “the most correct and authentic map of Texas ever compiled,” Sam Houston once told the U.S. Senate. Another lot, this 1892 Texas Volunteer Guard medal, is one of the most viewed webpages from this auction. Produced from 10k and 14k pink and yellow gold weighing 41.9 grams, it’s no wonder.

Other lots in this auction tell great stories, either visually or through text. For example, behind this photograph of the 1913 Terry’s Texas Rangers reunion is likely an interesting tale about Confederate veterans because right in the middle of this group of gray-bearded Confederate vets is a black member.

1913 Terry's Texas Ranger reunion
1913 Terry’s Texas Ranger reunion

Our research didn’t turn up his identity, but maybe your own research can. Another example is the Mexican War diary of Sgt. George Myers, who served in Samuel Walker’s U.S. Mounted Rifles. Myers began his 179-page odyssey when he enlisted in February 1847, and ended when he arrived back on U.S. soil after a year fighting in Mexico. Along the way he witnessed the death of Captain Walker, including his account of the death of his beloved commander in this diary. This is truly riveting historical reading.

Still other lots make up the marrow—the nitty-gritty—of this auction. These are the kinds of lots we so often expect to find, like the 1836 Texian loan certificate signed by Stephen F. Austin. These loans were issued by the provisional government of Texas during the Texas Revolution to raise much-needed money for the cause. Another example is the 1838 Republic of Texas oath of allegiance declaring that Thomas Wilkins “did not aid or assist the enemy.” Lots like these aren’t mundane by any standard, but they are representative of documents that kept Texas functioning as a republic and then a state.

Of course there is much more. You can preview all lots on March 13-14 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 3500 Maple Avenue in Dallas. But if you’re impatient and can’t wait, preview right from our website, 24 hours a day, where you can explore images, read descriptions, and place bids. The auction will be held in Dallas on the first floor of 3500 Maple Avenue. The Signature Floor Session 1 will take begin at 11:00 AM CT, and the Signature Internet Session 2 (HERITAGE Live!, Internet, fax, and Mail only) will begin at 2:00 PM CT. Happy bidding!

Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps – Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities

The Book Globe Map Project

Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps – Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities.

Check out this article on some new mapping projects that combine the loves of reading and cartography.

Now with these projects you can plan your reading around your trip by checking out the fiction or non-fiction works that was either written or set in a particular location!

Follow the link below and enjoy a Fall trip through the pages of your choosing.

Reposted from The Atlantic

Cartographic quote

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“The history of cartography is littered with such pseudo-continents, chimerical islands, dream-rivers and other Wilkean visions, flickering between the literal and the mythical. This is partly because cartographers have often tended also to be dreamers, seduced into their science by the beauty of maps and the flights of imagination that they prompt. Maps seek to mark the world and fix its flux, but in doing so they also loosen it from its moorings: as documents, they are at once fiercely empirical and faintly mystical.”

Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky and Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit – review

Robert Macfarlane is enchanted by two cartographical conceits

http://m.guardiannews.com/books/2010/dec/18/atlas-islands-san-francisco-review

An Older View of Washington State

Grainger Topographical Map of Washington State 1909

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Clyde

Map is 16″ x 24″

From research I have gleaned that Grainger did this map while working after college for the Washington State in putting together various projects on the geology, topography, and road materials of the state. Some of this work was collected in the Washington Bulletin of 1911, The Road Materials of Washington, by Henry Landes, assisted by Olaf Stromme and Clyde Grainger.

Soon after this project, Grainger moved on to drafting for architect Harlan Thomas in Seattle.

From Thomas’ biography with Pacific Coast Architecture Database:
https://digital.lib.washington.edu/architect/architects/2255/

“About 1910, Thomas entered into the first of several partnerships which would be the focus of his professional career thereafter:
Thomas, Russell and Rice
Thomas and Grainger
Thomas, Grainger and Thomas (with Clyde Grainger (1887–1958) and his own son, Donald P. Thomas (1898–1970)).

Among the best known of the projects of these partnerships are the Corner Market Building (1911–12) in the Pike Place Market, and (in joint venture with W. Marbury Somervell) several branch libraries in Seattle—Queen Anne, Columbia, and Henry L. Yesler (now Douglass-Truth). The best-known project of the Thomas, Grainger and Thomas partnership is the Art Deco-influenced Harborview Hospital (1929–31).

Pikes place design:
The 3-story Corner Market building (Harlan Thomas & Clyde Grainger 1912; rehabilitation by Karlis Rekevics, 1975) sits on the right as one enters the Market along Pike Street. In its early years it included daystalls, and the businesses facing onto First Avenue were open-fronted. The Three Girls Bakery, the first known business in the Corner Market, is now located in the adjacent Sanitary Market. The basement was home to Patti Summers’ jazz club for over two decades before becoming Can Can in 2006; the building is also home to anarchist bookstore Left Bank Books, as well as numerous other businesses.[139][142][143]

Following his career as an Architect, Grainger served on the Seattle Planning Commission.

In December 1951 the Wedgwood District Community Club appealed to the Seattle City Planning Commission to disapprove applications for the construction of duplex houses at 7518 43rd Ave NE and 4303 NE 77th Street. The three-man committee of the Planning Commission which took the arguments under study, was headed by architect Clyde Grainger. Grainger certainly was familiar with Wedgwood as he, along with architect Harlan Thomas, had designed Albert Balch’s original Wedgwood-development houses in 1940. Clyde Grainger lived in View Ridge one block over from Albert Balch’s own home on 50th Ave NE. By the late 1940’s Harlan Thomas had retired, but Grainger still worked at their architectural office and Grainger continued to contribute to the development of Wedgwood. In the period 1948 to 1951 Grainger’s architectural firm, which included Harlan Thomas’ son Donald Thomas, designed Balch’s office buildings from 8014 to 8050 35th Ave NE.

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    Upcoming Ephemera Shows Around The U.S.

2/24/2013 –
(CAN)
Toronto Postcard Club 32nd Annual Show
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court
Toronto, ON
View Map 10 am – 5 pm Postcard Show Admission: $7.00 ~ TPC Member admission $5.00

Maine Antique Paper Show
March 24, 8:30am to 3pm
Fireside Inn, 81 Riverside Street, Portland, ME
207 749-1717

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