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Bird's Eye Views

Urban "bird's-eye view" prints were popular items in the 19th century as documents of growing cities and fall somewhere between cartography and landscape painting.  These panoramic maps were drawn from an oblique aerial perspective and feature idealized industrial landscapes surrounded by flourishing pastures or forests. They were meticulously drafted from plats and insurance maps by traveling artists, such as Albert Ruger. The authoritative source for 19th century bird's eye views is the reference book John W. Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1984), available in the Minnesota History Center Library.

 

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Anoka 1869
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Anoka 1869 (copy 1)
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Duluth, 1871
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Duluth 1909
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Faribault 1869
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Faribault 1888
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Fergus Falls 1880
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Hastings 1867
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Lanesboro 1879
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Mankato 1870
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Minneapolis & St Anthony ...
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Minneapolis, 1879
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S. Minneapolis 1879
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Minneapolis 1891
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Moorhead 1882
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New Ulm 1860
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Northfield, 1869
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Red Wing 1868
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Red Wing 1874
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Saint Cloud 1869
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Saint Paul 1867
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Saint Paul 1874
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Saint Paul 1888
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Saint Peter 1870
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Stillwater 1870