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Space Age (1959)

Space Age is a colorful, imaginative and defining composition. This poster was drawn by the artist Richard Amundsen who worked in San Francisco in the art studio Patterson & Hall. His identity and the identification of all of the imagery in his poster are discussed by Atomic Rockets using colorful art work, labeling and other research. Please see the citation below. The illustrated article takes each labeled Space Age invention as shown in the poster, and presents its inventor, most frequently Wernher von Braun with context about where these inventions might lead. The popular magazine Collier's ran a series of...

New and Correct Map of the Lines of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Fall 1883

This New and Correct Map of the Northern Pacific Railroad is the Fall, 1883, November edition of the map that announces the completion by the Northern Pacific Railroad of the first northern transcontinental route from St. Paul, Minnesota through the northwestern territories to Portland, Oregon. The final spike ceremony for the line had been held on September 8, 1883 in Gold Creek, Montana with more work yet to be done. 1/ The ultimate goal as outlined in the Northern Pacific Railroad's 1864 Congressional charter was a rail connection between the Great Lakes and Puget Sound. This goal took until 1888...

A SPECIMEN OF TYPES DESIGNED & SOLD BY FREDERIC W. GOUDY 1921

This scarce 1921 technical and decorative broadside by typeface designer Frederic Goudy in collaboration with Bertha M. Goudy his wife illustrates Goudy's new font and typeface design as well as ten years of his type design from 1911-1921 uniquely, as Goudy writes "the work of one man". Goudy's work received immediate professional review in the trade. The work illustrated in this first broadside by Goudy added to his reputation as one of America's foremost typeface designers.

The paper chosen by Goudy for the broadside is Crane & Co. paper identified by the watermark: "Crane & Co. Dalton, Mass. 1921 Bond...

United States Exploring Expedition. Set of 15 Individually Published navigation charts.

Part I. A Brief History  of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.

 Part II. The 15 Navigation Charts, by Title with individual descriptions.

           I.  A Brief History of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.

Like a Homeric odyssey, the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842), its six vessels2/, 346 man crew3/ of  scientists, artists, naval officers and other personnel commanded by then U.S. Navy Lieut. Charles Wilkes (1798-1877), set out on a four year journey that touched six continents, covered 87, 780 miles and set a circuitous course en route to mapping and exploring the islands of the South Pacific and the Pacific Ocean,...

Bird's Eye View from Summit of Mt. Washington: White Mountains, New Hampshire (nd c.1902)

This large scale, early 20th c. pictorial view of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, is in fact a map composed in the round, framed by a circle of clouds and surrounding mountain peaks. This perspective of Mount Washington places the viewer as if aloft and at the high limits of the earth's atmosphere looking down through the clouds at the peak of Mt. Washington on a summer day. The style of Geo.Walker & Co.'s iconic and complex color lithograph is in the pictorial tradition of early 19th century German mountain bird's eye views and maps.  See for example Panorama des Inselsberges.,...

The Visible Heavens in March, February, January, Pl. III, (1835) Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens, New Edition.

This 1835 hand colored engraving, is Pl.III. from Elija H. Burritt's Atlas, Designed To Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. Elijah H. Burritt, A.M. was a Connecticut school teacher who decided that the then available school astronomy books were not adequate. He trained himself further in astronomy by traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to use the Harvard Telescope.  His illustrated celestial Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens of 1835 and accompanied in the classroom by a published text book, the Class Book of Astronomy is in fact the second edition of his seminal 1833 work of the same title,...

The Visible Heavens in October, November, December Pl.VI. (1835)

This 1835 hand colored engraving is Pl. VI. from Elijah H. Burritt's 1835 Atlas, Designed To Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. Elijah H. Burritt, A.M. was a Connecticut school teacher who decided that the then available school astronomy books were not adequate. Intent on writing his own astronomy school text book, Burritt trained himself further in astronomy by traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to use the Harvard Telescope.  Burritt created the first edition of his illustrated atlas of the heavens in 1833 and is himself the artist of the naive and almost folk art images of the youthful figures representing...

The Visible Heavens in September, August, July. Pl.V. (1835)

This 1835 hand colored engraving, is Pl.V. from Elija H. Burritt's Atlas, Designed To Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. Elijah H. Burritt, A.M. was a Connecticut school teacher who decided that the then available school astronomy books were not adequate. He trained himself further in astronomy by traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to use the Harvard Telescope.  His illustrated celestial Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens of 1835 and accompanied in the classroom by a published text book, the Class Book of Astronomy is in fact the second edition of his seminal 1833 work of the same title,...

The Visible Heavens in June, May, April Pl.IV. (1835)

This 1835 hand colored engraving is Pl. IV. from Elijah H. Burritt's 1835 Atlas, Designed To Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. Elijah H. Burritt, A.M. was a Connecticut school teacher who decided that the then available school astronomy books were not adequate. Intent on writing his own astronomy school text book, Burritt trained himself further in astronomy by traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to use the Harvard Telescope.  Burritt created the first edition of his illustrated atlas of the heavens in 1833 and is himself the artist of the naive and almost folk art images of the youthful figures representing...

A Plan of the Solar System

This 1835 black and white engraving, is Plate I. from Elija H. Burritt's Atlas, Designed To Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. Elijah H. Burritt, A.M. was a Connecticut school teacher who decided that the then available school astronomy books were not adequate. He trained himself further in astronomy by traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to use the Harvard Telescope.  His illustrated celestial Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens of 1835 and accompanied in the classroom by a published text book, the Class Book of Astronomy is in fact the second edition of his seminal 1833 work of the...

Map of the Heavens.

This 1835 hand colored engraving, is Pl. VIII. from Elija H. Burritt's Atlas, Designed To Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. Elijah H. Burritt, A.M. was a Connecticut school teacher who decided that the then available school astronomy books were not adequate. He trained himself further in astronomy by traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to use the Harvard Telescope.  His illustrated celestial Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens of 1835 and accompanied in the classroom by a published text book, the Class Book of Astronomy is in fact the second edition of his seminal 1833 work of the same...

Northern CircumPolar Map for each month of the Year Pl.VI. (1835)

This 1835 hand colored engraving, is Plate. VI. from Elija H. Burritt's Atlas, Designed To Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. Elijah H. Burritt, A.M. was a Connecticut school teacher who decided that the then available school astronomy books were not adequate. He trained himself further in astronomy by traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts to use the Harvard Telescope.  His illustrated celestial Atlas, Designed to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens of 1835 and accompanied in the classroom by a published text book, the Class Book of Astronomy is in fact the second edition of his seminal 1833 work of the same...