AKRON, 1958

I’m thankful that I hung onto my map collection of both NYC and countrywide, which I began acquiring in the early 1970s at age 12 and came to number over 300 at its peak. If scanning them isn’t too much trouble I may feature them here from time to time, but what I’m really looking for is away to get them digitized for an affordable amount. Any ideas out there?

This is Akron, OH, the USA rubber capital, as it looked on maps in the late 1950s.

Geographia Maps, established by Alexander Gross, used to publish maps for hundreds of cities around the country, but today restricts itself to the NYC metropolitan area. It still maintains hand-drawn and typeset editions, unlike other major mapmakers like Hagstrom, Rand McNally and Google, which all began with computerized digital maps or switched over long ago.


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4 Responses to AKRON, 1958

  1. steve says:

    Quick and cheap digitizing of large pages: where there is an atrium or multi-story indoor opening, place the desired map on the floor, then from one story above use a quality camera to look down upon the map and snap a picture at a high resolution. Good light and a tripod can help.

  2. Keith Robb says:

    I grew up in the Akron area. This map brings back memories. The North Hill Viaduct depicted was torn down to be replaced by the all America Bridge more commonly reffered to as the Y Bridge because of it’s Y style. When they tore the old Viaduct down the broke Main St into 3 distinct sections. There is North Main that runs from Cuyahoga Falls to the North Hill part of Akron. There is South Main that runs the length of downtown. Then there is Main that spans only three blocks and is cut off from the main area of downtown. The only reason I go there is to go to Luigi’s resteraunt and to visit friends at the Northside Lofts.

  3. Bert Waggott says:

    I am a volunteer gardener and steward of Churchill Park researching the pre-park history of the Downing Playground/Churchill Square Park site (at the intersection of Downing and Bleecker Streets in Manhattan). From the Landmarks 2110 Report and early maps, I learn that a Friends Meetinghouse was constructed there in1832; and in 1869 Public School 13 was built at that location. My interest is to learn more about the Meetinghouse and PS 13: names & events connected to them and especially locate any images available, to publish in a flyer for park visitors. I am new to this type of research and would welcome any leads that would help me in this project.

  4. Audrey Few says:

    I’m an older woman who lived in Brooklyn New York with my grandmother in the early 1970’s. My father told me a few months ago that we lived on Beverly Road. I can remember the tall building I lived in as a child because it reminded me of the apartments THE JEFFERSON’S lived in on TV. I have the best memories of my life there as a child living with my grandma. I would love to one day go back to that place because I have so much joy in my heart when I think about it. I have not been to NY in over 41 or 42 years, it was truly my home. I often wonder how my life would have been had my grandma not passed away and I had to come back home with my mom in Chattanooga, TN.

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