This site hasn’t been up long, but I’ve started finding limitations in what I can implement in my WordPress.com site. So, I’ve packed it up and moved it all over to a self-hosted site with a WordPress.org installation. Everything should look and function the same as before, but any of my subscribers will need to click through and re-subscribe.
Watch for new historical and speculative maps!
The thing to remember about this early 20th-century Portland map is FORESHADOWING…
What stands out for me when I look at this map are the lack of freeways (always the case with maps older than 50 years or so), the lack of suburban sprawl on the Washington side, and the relative lack of outer neighborhoods in Portland. The only Columbia River crossing is a ferry at the approximate location of the current I-5 bridge. where there are now marinas and the airport there were wetlands. Electric railroads linked the local cities and towns (again, often striking to see, especially considering how we are returning to an updated version of this transportation mode).
And remember, with FORESHADOWING, you know you’re getting a quality blogging experience.
As with the others, the high-resolution, restored version of this map is available for purchase…
This one’s for all my LA folks…
One of the things about being between jobs is that you get to find little projects to obsess over. I’ve been enjoying combing through old archives, finding these cool old maps, and restoring them (while still maintaining the vintage patina). This 1928 map of downtown Los Angeles was torn, stamped and stained when I found it.
Los Angeles at this time had one of the most extensive streetcar networks in the world. There were no freeways in LA in 1928. There were very few anywhere–the first proto-autobahn was built in Germany in 1922. If you look at this area now, there are freeways in every direction. Here’s the modern view.
Order full-sized prints, or wrapped canvas maps here…
Every once in a while, here at Spatialities world headquarters, our research department (me) runs into an old archived map that our marketing department (also me) thinks would look great on someone’s wall.
I found this 1908 USGS quad while researching the former location of the Lake Washington shoreline. It’s from an important time in Seattle’s history. The the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition was about to happen, which would shape the University of Washington campus for the next century and beyond. Because the Ship Canal had not been built, Lake Washington was eight feet higher. The Duwamish River still meandered, and South Park and Georgetown were towns in their own right. People were still waiting for the interurban. Rail travel within and between cities was still the best way to get around. Freeways hadn’t been invented.
I did a considerable amount of clean-up to this map–removing old rubber-stamps and imperfections. It’s now ready for your wall.
You can order hard-copy prints of the files I’ve cleaned up here…