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Title Print: Bird's-eye view of the Jersey shore opposite New York showing Hoboken, ca. 1907.
Object Name Print
Catalog Number 2012.007.0081
Collection Hoboken Map & Guide Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a Friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Print: Bird's-eye view of the Jersey shore opposite New York showing Hoboken, ca. 1907. Plate from encyclopedia with legend text.

Artist was H.M. Pettit who did a view looking northwest from Jersey City to Weehawken. It featured the railroads and ferries including the new Pennsyslvania Railroad tunnel and the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (which here is mis-identified in the picture and as the New York & Jersey R.R. Tunnels, but correctly in the legend.) As with many views of this type, it lacks accuracy in scale.

The view of Hoboken is especially exaggerated in distance from east to west giving it greater distance from the Hudson River to the Heights. As typical with views of this type, certain artistic liberties are taken with scale.

Plate 6-1/4" wide x 8-5/8" high; removed from original work as received. Reverse blank. Source publication: "The Americana "; Editor-in-Chief Frederick Converse Beach, Managing Editor George Edwin Rines, Published by Scientific American Compiling Dep't, New York. 1907 (as stated by donor's source, but possibly the 1912 edition; same plate appeared in 1912 edition as seen in Googlebooks.) From entry for "New York." (Encyclopedia Americana.)

New York

A bird's-eye view of the Jersey shore opposite New York, showing arrangement of tunnels and connecting railroads. The lower McAdoo tunnel — the Hudson and Manhattan R. R.— runs from the old Pennsylvania station at Jersey City to Cortlandt street. New York, serving the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the down-town branch of the Pennsylvania and the Erie. The upper McAdoo tunnel — the New York and Jersey R. R. — runs across from about the Lackawanna Station in Hoboken to Morton street, New York, serving the Lackawanna. Both tunnels serve primarily the Jersey suburbs, electric subway trains passing through Bergen Hill. The Pennsylvania tunnels are for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the main line being diverted from above Newark, across country behind Bergen Hill and then through hill and under river at Weehawken to the new Pennsylvania terminal at Thirty-second street, New York. Several connecting railroads will enable passengers on the Central, the Erie, the Lackawanna and the West Shore to pass through New York for points in New England.
Date 1907
Year Range from 1907
Year Range to 1907
Search Terms Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad
Erie Railroad
West Shore Railroad
Central Railroad of New Jersey
Pennsylvania Railroad Company
Public Service Corporation Street Railway
Public Service Railway
Caption full leaf with caption
Imagefile 126\20120070081.TIF
Classification Aerials