Shows the site of the Under Construction Queensboro Bridge
Detailed map of downtown Manhattan provided for guests of one of the most notable hotels in the city. The map shows Manhattan from Battery Park up to 125th street. An early map of the subway system is included, showing one primary line running from Brooklyn to Upper Manhattan, and more lines proposed. The subway system had only opened four years prior to the publication of this map. Parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and New Jersey are also visible on this extremely detailed work.
The Hotel Chelsea, first opened in 1884, has one of the most illustrious histories of any hotel in the world. This red-brick building in its namesake neighborhood started as one of the cities earliest apartment cooperatives and attracted artists from the city's nearby theater district. The hotel continued to act as a long-term home for residents throughout the 20th century, and many notable writers, musicians, and artists resided there. Allen Ginsberg, Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur Miller, Mark Twain, and many others lived in the Hotel's premises while creating some of their most lasting works.
Rand McNally & Co. is a large American map and navigation company best known for its annual atlases. The company got its start in 1856, when William Rand opened a print shop in Chicago. He was joined in 1858 by a new employee, Andrew McNally. Together, the men established their namesake company in 1868. Originally, the company was intended to print the tickets and timetables for the trains running to and through Chicago; their first railway guide was published in 1869.
By 1870, they had shifted from just printing to publishing directories, travel guides, and newspapers. Their first map appeared in 1872 in a railway guide. The map was produced using a new wax engraving method, a cheaper process that gave the company an edge.
By 1880 Rand McNally had entered the education market with globes, wall maps, and geography texts for students. In 1923, Rand McNally published the first Goode’s World Atlas, named after its editor, Dr. J. Paul Goode. For generations afterward, this would be the standard classroom atlas.
In 1899, William Rand left the company, but McNally and his family remained, controlling the company for over a century. In 1904, they published their first road map intended for automobiles and by 1907 were publishing Photo-Auto Guides, which combined photography and mapping to help drivers. In 1924, they produced the Auto Chum, a precursor to their famous road atlases. Rand McNally would remain the leader in road maps and atlases throughout the twentieth century.
In 1937, Rand McNally opened its first store in New York City. Ever on the frontier of technology, Rand McNally pioneered the scribing process for printing tickets in 1958 and printed their first full-color road atlas in 1960. Arthur Robinson developed his now-famous projection of Rand McNally in 1969. By the 1980s, the company was exploring digital reproduction and digital databases of maps for truckers. In the 1990s, they lead the charge to develop trip-planning software and websites. Today, most of its products are available online or in a digital format, including maps for tablets and phones.