Nils Hansell

History, maps

Maps, NYC Transit Map, Historic Map, Manhattan

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.

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