This is an attractive and very scarce map of New York, published by the Yorkville brewer Jacob Ruppert in 1912. The map shows an expansive view of the region reaching from Sandy Hook in the south and Yonkers to the north, to Hicksville in the east and past Newark to the west. This beautifully colored birds eye view shows waterways with all shipping traffic, boroughs, and clearly labeled railroad routes. It is presented on period dowels and backed on its original linen.
Jacob Ruppert was born in New York City in 1842 to Bavarian immigrants. His father owned a brewery in Manhattan where young Jacob learned the business of brewing. In 1862, Jacob established the Jacob Ruppert Brewery and in the first year of production he sold over 5,000 barrels of beer. Jacob Ruppert's son, Jake, emerged as general manager of the company in 1890. By that time, the Jacob Ruppert Brewery was producing over a half a million barrels a year. The location of the brewery is noted on the map with a black star. The year after this map's publishing, the brewery expanded with a bigger and better plant that grew to an eventual 2 million barrel capacity.
Beyond his beer empire, Ruppert is an important figure in New York sports. He and a partner bought the struggling New York Yankees franchise in 1915, brought Babe Ruth from Boston in 1919, and in 1923 opened Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The beer was highly featured at the team's baseball stadium.
Chromolithograph. Map is attached to period dowels and backed on original linen. Paper has several small losses, cracks, and light to moderate toning. The upper margin of the map has been previously trimmed, excising the "Jacob Ruppert's Knickerbocker Beer" advertisement banner seen on some other existing copies.
Archivally framed. Map is mounted hanging in front of acid-free linen matting in a custom black and brushed gold wooden frame.
Framed Dimensions: 30" H x 38.5" W x 3.5" D