For the folk art or map collector, here are two very interesting pieces: maps, hand drawn in ink and watercolor, probably dating to about 1840 give or take twenty years, one titled "A MAP OF NEW YORK", by C. Van Dyck, the other titled "A map of Pennsylvania", by Sarah R. Winfield. Hand drawn maps by school children are amazing testaments to the geography training that was a part of the education system 150 years ago, a part that is now sadly lacking. These old survivors are often beautifully detailed and show the tremendous care that went into creating them, and this pair is no exception. The New York map measures 14 1/4" by 16", the Pennsylvania one is 12 1/2" by 18 1/2". Neither is framed. Both appear to have been trimmed at one time; interestingly, the general shape after trimming in each case is somewhat reflective of the general shape of the respective states. The New York map shows the Erie Canal in place, that canal having been completed in the year 1825. Rivers, county seats and county names, lakes and mountain ranges show on the New York map. Places named include Lake George, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, canals, mountain ranges, and all the county seats! The Pennsylvanian one is less detailed, naming only the counties and showing their outlines. There is tremendous folk art appeal in both maps. Although created by different pupils and at different times, they should be framed and then should hang side by side. The New York map has a diagonal crease, browning and soiling, and the Pennsylvania work has just browning and soiling; nothing that should be bothersome to a folk art collector. Ask for more photos of any particular part of either state. .
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