Wellge’s Norfolk, Virginia Birdseye Map (1892)

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Birdseye map of Norfolk by Wellge in 1892

US40 #36 NORFOLK, VIRGINIA (Birdseye Map, 1892, Wellge)
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Date: 1892
Author: Wellge
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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.

An absolutely gorgeous mid-career Wellge birdseye of Norfolk, Virginia [gmap] finds him at the height of his craft.

Easily one of my favorite birdseye maps. The sprawling harbor seems regal and stately; the layout and proportions are perfect.

I'm a fight fan, and any fan worth his salt knows that Norfolk is the hometown of one Mr Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker... absolutely one of the most thrilling boxers to ever lace his gloves in the last 50 years. Never met a man from Norfolk, but I owe y'all one for that.

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

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