1883, "Map of Eastern Texas," Henry H. Hardesty

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"Map of Eastern Texas," Henry H. Hardesty, Chicago, 1883. (Image: 19 ½" wide x 13 3/4" high). If you are a Texan then you know there is no such place as "Eastern Texas." There is only East Texas, North Texas, West Texas, the Pan Handle, the Valley and Southeast Texas. This map is actually East Texas and North Texas. Hardesty was a Yankee publisher and promoter who published a number of different atlases containing state histories, engraved plates of civil war scenes, portraits of military officers, local maps of townships and counties. They also contained excellent copper engraved maps. He used an unusual and successful marketing technique. Hardesty printed a large number of atlases containing general data on the U.S. He would add printed sections on different states and counties, depending on what advance subscriptions could be sold. Subscribers could include commissioned family portraits, drawings of individual businesses, farms, homes and family history information. This map has an ornamental border and is titled in the top margin. It is pink, yellow, orange and green. This is a very high quality map: copper plate engraved on the very best paper. Some of the interesting sites: all railway lines showing stations the names of each line in 1883; Birdville in Tarrant County; Pilot Knob and Abney’s Farm in Denton County; Jim Town and Haught’s Store in Dallas County and literally hundreds of small towns, many of which not longer exist. The map is one of four similar maps published by Hardesty in 1883.



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