Associated Gas and Electric System

The network of an obsolete utility company.

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According to the Cornell University Library;

“The Associated Gas and Electric Company (AGEC) was a utility holding company which went bankrupt in the 1930s. It was reorganized under the supervision of the courts and was broken down into smaller companies by government order. The company originated as the Ithaca Gas Light Company of Ithaca, N.Y. in 1852. Soon after 1900, its owners began securing control of surrounding properties and the company was incorporated in 1906.

There were fourteen subsidiary companies, all but two of which were located in New York; the largest and most important were the Ithaca Gas Light Company and the Homer and Cortland Gas Light Company. Through mergers among its operating companies, the numbers were reduced to four – the Homer and Cortland Gas Light Company, the Ithaca Gas Light Company, the Ithaca Electric Light and Power Company, and the Norwich Gas and Electric Company. These companies were consolidated in 1916 under the name of the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation.”

This map was created by The Whitney-Graham Company, Inc. in 1931 on behalf of The Associated Gas and Electric Company. The connected network of plants, service centers, and transmission lines is shown according to the legend under the title block. Concentration is clearly evident in New England, though inset maps of the Philippines and lines in Nova Scotia show that the company’s reach was international.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1931

Author: The Whitney-Graham Company, Inc.

Sheet Width (in): 32.60

Sheet Height (in): 20.4

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Creasing and wear along originally issued fold lines, including small holes at fold intersections. A bit of discoloration from soiling on the verso is visible in the southwest (see Arizona and Utah) and there's a bit of light edge wear confined to the margins.

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