The maps show the wide range
of different map types used in more modern times.
STREAM MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA, copyright 1930 by Bureau
of Publications, Department of Property and Supplies,
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Base map prepared by
Pennsylvania Topographic and Geologic Survey. The streams
are shown in blue, and basins outlined with red dots. The
map also shows townships, towns, and some rail lines. In
Water Supply Commission of Pennsylvania published the 650+
page Gazetteer of Streams, from which this map
is an outgrowth. This is
the original precursor to a
better known map first published in 1965. Howard Higbee,
a professor at Penn State, improved and updated this map
and it was published by Penn State and sold until about
1980. The rights to the Higbee map were bought out in the
1990s and so called "Higbee Maps" were made for
other states as well. For obvious reasons, these maps are
popular with fishermen. Blank verso. Scale: 1 inch = 6
miles. Size: 31 x 54 inches.
NEW ENGLAND AND MIDDLE ATLANTIC STATES, Figure 106,
page 97, from Advanced Geography by R. E. Dodge
& E. E. Lackey, 1931 edition, published by Rand
McNally & Co., Chicago. This is a 450 page school
textbook with many color maps and black & white maps
and illustrations. Pennsylvania appears in this one page
spread, small black & white maps of Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh are also in the book. Scale: 1 inch = 140
miles. Size: 8.25 x 6.25 inches.
THE CITY OF READING AND SUBURBS, compliments of
Francis F. Seidel, Inc. Funeral Home. No printer is
identified on this undated map. It has a 4 digit phone
number and likely dates to the late 20's, early 30's. The
street layout for the city of Reading, now fifth largest
in the state, is shown. There is a key around the map for
an index of streets listed on the verso. Size: 11 x 16.5
POLK'S STREET MAP OF PITTSBURGH, R. L. Polk & Co.,
545 6th Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. This is a large 40 x 35
inch street map of the city containing a gazetteer of
streets on the verso with grid locations. However, it
also has this just as interesting bird's eye view photo
of the downtown area. The varying alignments of the
street grids made necessary by Pittsburgh's topography
are clearly shown. This view is before the urban renewel
that replaced the rail yard at the Point with a state
park and new buildings. The Point bridges shown are also
the old ones.
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD, a map that appears on a train
schedule copyright 1934 by Redfield Downey Odell
Corporation, New York. This company apparently were the
printers with the contract to turn out PRR train
schedules. Although the map is dated 1934, it may have
been printed later as many train schedules used the same
map for years. Size: 9 x 16 inches.
PENNSYLVANIA, page 87 from Our USA - A Gay Geography
with text by Frank J. Taylor and maps by Ruth Taylor,
Little, Brown & Co. Boston 1935 (Legear L114). The
word 'gay' meant 'happy' in 1935. The book is 113 pages
of illustration and text and each map has a page of text
next to it. Territories of the time were included and the
verso of this map is page 88 with text on the Phillipine
Islands. The map has little geographic detail but is
filled with colorful cartoon illustrations representing
industries and local attractions. Scale: 1 inch = 30
miles. Size: 9.5 x 13 inches.
THE TELEPHONE MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA, compiled by
Pennsylvania State Telephone & Traffic Association,
Harrisburg, Pa. August 1, 1936. This map contains a key
listing dozens of local telephone companies identified by
number on the map. Most are all gone now. Blank verso.
Scale: 1 inch = 10 miles. Size: 18.5 x 32 inches.
PRESQUE ISLE THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE PARK AT ERIE, an
advertisement map from Rider's-on-the-Bay and Erie Marine
Supply; prepared by Warren H. Boyer. There is a date, 5-6-37,
along the bottom and a small inset map of the state is at
right. The depiction of Erie and its waterfront is
rudimentary. This sand spit is the most popular of the
many state parks and millions of dollars have been spent,
and will be spent, to keep it from washing away. Blank
verso. Scale: 1 inch = 600 feet. Size: 16 x 23 inches.
PENNSYLVANIA, pages 224-225 from Hammond's Standard
Atlas and Gazetteer of the World published by
Standard American Corporation, Chicago, 1938. This is a
double page atlas map shown in
images here. The verso has
images of southeastern Pennsylvania and Oregon. Size: 11
x 18 inches.
NEW YORK CENTRAL SYSTEM WATER LEVEL ROUTE. This map is inside a 12 page 9 x 16 inch booklet titled PITTSBURGH AND LAKE ERIE TIMETABLES, which are effective November 1, 1939. However, the map is copyright 1933 by Poole Bros. Inc. Chicago. Only the part of the map centered on Pennsylvania is shown here; and it illustrates part of the Pennsylvania Railroad's competition. The other part being the Baltimore and Ohio to the south. Note the attempt to illustrate the topography; use our railroad and you don't have to go over any mountains.