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.