Cleaning up an old map...
In my day job, I work as an all purpose graphic designer for any kind of work in my small town. Everything from birthday cards to autowraps, 3D to web design and everything in between.
Every once in a while, I get to do some map work if indirectly. Today, I'm cleaning up a water damaged map of Mission Township, LaSalle County, Illinois from an 1876 Plat Book of LaSalle County.
This tiny rural district in northcentral Illinois is mostly insignificant. Down at the bottom left side is the tiny village of Norway, Illinois - only claim to fame is that its the first Norweigian settlement in the United States.
When Norway was celebrating it's Centenial in 1974 - the actual King Olaf of Norway came to visit - Norway only has about 400 people. So the King stayed in my hardly more significant hometown of Ottawa. There was a parade and everything. I wonder how he actually felt of visiting this fly-speck of a farming village in the middle of nowhere?!
Anyway, here's the map I'm working on...
I like the platforms for the carriages
I like the little platforms for embarkation onto the carriages, as seen in the bottom drawing - in front of the Stockton house, and one at the left side. Although I've seen these before at historic locations, it has always slipped my mind when drawing a map in horse and carriage days.
These period drawings show what existed then. Often we think to television or movies when trying to recreate a period drawing - but that isn't reality. Its images like this that show what must be included.
I will probably start to include loading platforms at more of my village maps, just because these drawings remind they are there.