1903 Chicago Street Map by J.M. Matthews Co.

Presented is an original 1903 map of the city of Chicago, Illinois. The map was issued in the 1903 edition of The Universal Atlas, published by Dodd, Mead and Company. The vertical map identifies key streets, highlights Chicago’s many parks and boulevards in green, and traces the north and south branches of the Chicago River and canals in blue. The city’s railroads, streetcar lines, cable car lines, and horse car lines are also identified. 

The Universal Atlas included 124 county and railroad maps of the United States, with “carefully prepared maps of all other countries from latest surveys.” It was first issued in 1894, and due to its success, was continually updated and republished into the early 20th century. The atlas was published by Dood, Mead and Company in New York, and included maps engraved by Matthews-Northrup Works, in Buffalo, NY. 


Very good condition overall. Original printed color, mostly unfaded. Paper is healthy. The map is printed on thin paper, as issued. Blank on the reverse. Faint fold lines present, from past storage. Sheet size is 21 ½”H x 9 ¾”W. 

The map is artfully framed, to archival standards, with acid-free mats, UV Conservation clear glass, and a black and gold beaded custom wooden frame.

Framed Dimensions: 30 3/8" H x 18 3/4" W x 3/4" D.

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