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Rochester Map Typography

November 20th, 2014

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
By Mike Governale

Preface: I am a total geek and I have stopped caring who knows it. With that out of the way, one of my favorite things in the world to do is study old maps. And my favorite part of old maps are the titles! I told you, total… geek.

I’ve always been amazed at how much attention used to go into the details of these hand-drawn works of art. These days all we do is send a satellite up into space, or someone out to drive around and snap pictures of our streets – and don’t get me wrong, that’s pretty neat for other reasons. But Google streetview ain’t got nuthin on this. Go ahead, geek out…

(UPDATE: The image shown above is now available to order.)

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1936

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1931

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1929

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1925

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1922

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1910

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1910

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
c.1910

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
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Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
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Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1890

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1888

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1879

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1872

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1872

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1863

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1851

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1849

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1838

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
1834

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
c.1833

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6 Responses to “Rochester Map Typography”

  1. John Zicari says:

    http://photo.libraryweb.org/rochimag/rpm/rpm00018.htm
    I remember looking at a “Romance Map” of Rochester every day that we had hanging in our house. I found a copy of it in the Monroe County Library website. I think it was published in 1934 and had drawings of local history of the area. Was fun to look at as a child.

  2. Dave S says:

    These are really great.
    Have a higher res version of that first image? I’d like to make a T-shirt.

  3. Jeff Freeland says:

    How clever of you to focus on the title blocks and not the maps… brilliant.

  4. Ruth Nederlk says:

    What a wonderful site this is. Can’t get enough information so interesting Thank You

  5. chase tyler says:

    Typo- you labeled one of the maps ‘1836’ when it says it was published in 1936.

  6. UPDATE: We’ve got brand new poster prints of the 1910 City of Rochester New York title page. See it here…

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