Amazing Detailed Map from the 1950s Shows 300+ ‘Wonders of New York’

Posted On Fri, August 21, 2015 By

Posted On Fri, August 21, 2015 By In History, maps

Historical Map: “Wonders of New York” by Nils Hansell, c. 1953-1955; courtesy of Transit Maps. Click to expand >>

One of a growing collection of transit maps, this cool detailed New York City map, designed by graphic designer/sailing enthusiast/IBM employee Nils Hansell sometime around 1953-1955, offers a mind boggling tableau of (mostly) Manhattan’s points of interest, numbered, with a corresponding key. There’s also a color-coded schematic to the subway system, which was at the time divided up by its operators, BMT, IND and IRT; the map also shows a remaining few of the city’s elevated railway systems, the last of which was ended in 1955.

Maps, NYC Transit Map, Historic Map, Manhattan

Maps, NYC Transit Map, Historic Map, Manhattan Historical Map: “Wonders of New York” by Nils Hansell, c. 1953-1955.

You can see more detail in the close-ups, and get a (much) closer look at the high-resolution source, or order a printhere.

Maps, NYC Transit Map, Historic Map, Manhattan Historical Map: “Wonders of New York” by Nils Hansell, c. 1953-1955.

Maps, NYC Transit Map, Historic Map, Manhattan Historical Map: “Wonders of New York” by Nils Hansell, c. 1953-1955.

[via Transit Maps]

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