Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

 We mentioned this website from the Library of Congress in 2019. It has been updated since. From the Public Domain Review:

"Created for US insurance firms during a period of devastating fires across the 19th and 20th centuries, the Sanborn maps blaze with detail — shops, homes, churches, brothels, and opium dens were equally noted by the company’s cartographers. Tobiah Black explores the history and afterlife of these maps, which have been reclaimed by historians and genealogists seeking proof of the vanished past".

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