Vintage Hudson Map Benefits Library

This dirigible eye-view is an excerpt from a map of Hudson available at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street, in either a framed ($450) or unframed ($150) version.

This dirigible eye-view is an excerpt from a map of Hudson available at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street, in either a framed ($450) or unframed ($150) version.

In 1923, aerial view maps were all the rage. Airplanes (or, aero-planes) were just coming into their own and the experience of viewing expansive scenes from above was a sensation. Lithographers took advantage of this interest and began creating overhead views of any subject that they felt might be saleable – particularly those of well-to-do cities. As a benefit for the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library, Hudson City Books at 553 Warren Street is offering an archival inkjet print of one such map – an “Aero-View of Hudson New York”.

The 1923 original, part of the History Collection at the Library, was meticulously cleaned and restored prior to being re-produced using an archival inkjet process. The result is a re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

“The detail is wonderful,” says bookstore owner Karen Montone. “Every time I walk by, I notice something new.” Included in this rendering are the buildings that house the current library and its future home, the Hudson Armory.

The map features a Hudson ferry boat, a “day tripper” heading south on the Hudson, and documentation of the riverfront when it still supporting many of the industries that have now vanished. As was typical in these maps, also included are detailed engravings of 20 “important” landmarks in the Hudson environs. See more map images here: http://www.hudsonantiques.net/wideboard/2014/12/vintage-map-of-hudsonproceeds-to-benefit-the-library.html

“There are so many fans of Hudson,” Montrose adds. “We have such an historic city and this map really documents what this community looked like as a thriving riverfront community. You can spend hours pouring over each block.”

Hudson City Books is donating proceeds from these sales to the Campaign for the New Hudson Library. Those interested can make a purchase by calling the bookstore at 518.671.6020 or stopping by to see the complete work on display there.