A handsome bird's-eye view of Winona, Minnesota, in the Mississippi River Valley, issued by A.T. Andreas in 1874.
The view was published by George H. Ellsbury & Vernon Green, with the multi-stone lithography by Charles Shober & Co. of the Chicago Lith. Co.
Winona's historic downtown, with its impressive brick buildings, is easily deciphered in this beautiful view.
Reps lists three other bird's-eye views of Winona from 1866 to 1889. All of these are rare.
Alfred T. Andreas (1839-1900) was a tour de force when it came to commercial cartography and promotion. He built a sales machine that had agents crisscrossing the states he intended to map, selling subscriptions in return for portraits being placed in the back of his atlases. Andreas was especially active in the Upper Midwest; he was responsible for state atlases of Minnesota (1874), Illinois (1876), Wisconsin (1878), and Iowa (1875).
Ristow says of Andreas' plans for future state atlases:
ANDREAS anticipated that the Minnesota volume would be the first in a series of illustrated state historical atlases. As soon as his surveyors and canvassers had completed their work in Minnesota, they were accordingly shifted to Iowa to begin work on an atlas there. Procedures for preparing the Iowa atlas and for soliciting subscriptions and contracts for illustrations and biographical sketches were the same as for the Minnesota volume.