Google Earth View of New Jersey, 19th Century Style

Google Earth View of New Jersey, 19th Century Style

Atlas of Bergen County, New Jersey. [Reading, Pa.]:  Published by C.C. Pease, successor to A.H. Walker., [1876?]

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Lithographed views of scenery and architecture as well as hand-colored maps pack this elaborate and attractive atlas that is also chock full of the kind of detailed information social historians and genealogists cherish.  Starting at the macro-level with world and continental maps, its focus quickly narrows to North America, then the United States, then New Jersey, until it finally hones in on its target: Bergen County.  The bulk of the atlas is at the level of each individual township and village – mapping each plot of land and house.  At its most micro, it depicts David Knowles’ Mill (in Lodi) and George Miller’s Residence (in Midland).  The “street view” depicted here provides an interesting corollary to today’s Google Earth view. 

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