Bird’s eye view of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1882.
According to the Wisconsin Historical Society:
Bird’s-eye-view maps are drawings that depict aerial views of entire cities or towns. They have a distorted, yet charming, perspective since the artists combined factual elements with a leap of imagination. These maps were popular from the 1860s until the development of aerial photography around 1920.
This bird’s eye view of Lake Geneva was drawn by Henry Wellge of Milwaukee and printed by lithographers Adam Beck and Clemens J. Pauli, also of Milwaukee.
via: Historical Maps Collection, Wisconsin Historical Society
read more: “Bird’s-Eye Views: A Brief History,” Amon Carter Museum