|Birdseye view of Des Moines, Iowa|
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This birdseye map of Des Moines, Iowa [gmap] was made in the second full year of Ruger's mapmaking career, and it's already exhibiting the touches that would define his style for the next 20 years; a handsome composition with an modest but ornate and entirely unobtrusive collar, fantastic water effects, and a mastery of creative interpretive “bending” of the rules of perspective.. It would seem as though he burst into the scene and hit the ground running; like Athena - fully-formed, and with his considerable talents already actualized.
(Y'all can tell Ruger's one of my faves, yeah?)
For more maps and images from this period in the region's history, visit the State Historical Society of Iowa.