Gifford’s Map of San Jose, California (1875)

Birdseye map of San Jose by Gifford in 1875

US40 #31 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (Birdseye Map, 1875, Gifford)
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Date: 1875
Author: Gifford
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Source: Library of Congress
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This map is part of a series depicting the 40 largest cities in the United States (as ranked by CBSA). This series will run through the month of July.

I'm on the fence about this Gifford birdseye of San Jose, California [gmap].

It's certainly not as lovely as the site's other San Jose birdseye map, but then again, very few maps are. This one seems to offer some impressionistic-looking distance abstraction to cover up some problems with perspective.

For more map resources and imagery from this period in San Jose's history, check out the California Historical Society's website.



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