San Antonio in 1889
116. [MAP]. OLSEN, J. J. & Son. City of San Antonio, Texas, 1889 Scale 4 inches = 1 mile [above title cartouche] Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1888, By J. J. Olsen Jr. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington [below title cartouche] Published by J. J. Olsen & Son. San Antonio, Texas. [lower right below border] Matthews. Northrup & Co., Art-Printing Works, Buffalo, N.Y. [inset below map] Statistics of San Antonio, Texas. [map framed by 29 advertisements]. San Antonio, 1889. Photolithograph map with shading in blue, pink, green, and yellow; map area measures from neat line to neat line 62 x 62.6 cm; sheet size measures 65 x 86 cm. 8vo (22 x 12.3 cm), original red cloth covers lettered in gilt on front: Map of the City of San Antonio Texas. 1889. Map creased where formerly folded with moderate losses along some creases, professionally washed and laid down on archival paper. Except for losses at folds, the map is very good, with fine, fresh appearance and strong color. Cloth covers stained along top and with some spotting, new sympathetic tan endpapers.
The map shows railroad lines, the San Antonio River, streets, lots and blocks by number, wards outlined in color, parks, schools, churches, landmarks, and fair grounds. Concentric circles are drawn from the center of the map at half mile intervals, and the map is framed by ads. Among the advertisers are the Maverick Bank; Maverick Land Office; A. N. Callaway, Photographer; Hambleton Hadley & Co. Real Estate and Live Stock Merchants; San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway; European Passenger Agency (illustrated and offering “Passengers booked to and from all points in Europe at low rates”); J. N. & H. S. Groesbeeck, Land Agents; Dwyer Brothers Land and Livestock; Texas National Bank, Central Hotel (“French, German and Spanish spoken”); Pearl Beer; and the usual array of Texas lawyers and real estate representatives. One interesting ad touts L. F. Lafrentz’s Texas Album, “a German description of Texas country....”
The 1891 San Antonio directory has several listings for the busy Olsen family of entrepreneurs who published this map; their primary businesses were wood, coal, and steamship bookings. The Texas State Archives has a copy of this map (Map Number 0124; illustrated on their web site). ($300-600)
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