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Bird's Eye View of Cleveland  1877


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Bird's Eye views of American cities were popular in the 1870s. They may have been inspired by the first aerial photographs, taken above Paris in 1858.

They are drawings not to scale by artists who used local maps and traveled the area, making sketches and notes of important locations and buildings. Albert Ruger created this work.

The identifying numbers on so many buildings would help the commercial success of the map. Wouldn't Clevelanders, proud to be connected to one of the 108 sites listed in its legend, want to own this beautiful print?

A sweet mistake: Anshe Chesed and Tifereth Israel congregations are listed as "Congregational Churches".

See an enlargeable image on the Library of Congress website


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