Rand McNally & Co’s Map of Chicago with New Street Changes


Early 20th century street atlas of Chicago issued by the Hartford Insurance Company.

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Published locally by Rand McNally in 1913, this atlas presents a detailed overview of the street system of Chicago. A key map divides the city into twenty separate areas, each covered by a different sheet in the atlas. A grid system, overlaid in green, provides letters and numbers which correspond to the five page street index which was also included. Of particular interest are symbols next to each street, identifying it as an “old” or “new” name.

The city’s robust park system is boldly highlighted in green, and includes local cemeteries – popular destinations for picnickers. Small green X’s identify the location of “team tracks” throughout Chicago. These small rail spurs were where local merchants could load and unload good in smaller quantities, sometimes using horse drawn wagons (hence the name).

The atlas was issued by the Hartford Insurance Company of Connecticut, and includes several advertisements encouraging readers to explore their numerous options for insurance policies. Unsurprisingly for Chicago, an entire page is dedicated to services related to fire insurance.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1913

Author: Rand McNally

Sheet Width (in): 11.00

Sheet Height (in): 14.00

Condition: B

Condition Description: The atlas is complete, 25 pp. with stapled binding that has separated from its original embossed gray cloth covered boards. Covers are slightly stained ,but in good condition. The margins of the maps are similarly soiled and faintly toned from age, but in very good condition overall.


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