Private-sector mapping of Pennsylvania: a selective cartographic history for 1870 to 1974.

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Abstract

Maps of Pennsylvania produced by the private sector of American cartography changed considerably in content since 1870. County and state atlases dominated the period 1870-1874, to be replaced in 1920-1924 by large-scale fire insurance maps and road maps, and in 1970-1974 by urban street maps and highway maps. The place of publication has shifted away from the Commonwealth, as improved transportation and communication facilitate sales contacts and widely available public-sector base maps assist distant private map makers in obtaining basic data. Nonetheless, local map publishers still exist, particularly in the substantial southeastern Pennsylvania market, where they compete successfully with larger, more remote firms. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science
Volume55
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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