Louis awaits your arrival… …at Oak Bend Library.
Say “hello” to Louis,
the host and tour guide of “A Walk in 1875 St >louis.” Louis is pictured in the graphic above, the man wearing the top hat and red tie. See what Louis can do for you…
…show you a preview at Oak Bend library of the fabulous 1875 pictorial maps of St Louis?
…or direct you to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park to see the whole exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St Louis?”
…and you would preferably say “yes” to both offers!
The September 2015 display case at Oak Bend Library features the 1875 pictorial maps of St Louis and the graphics in the exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St Louis” at the Missouri HIstory Museum. The SCHS display will be in the case until the end of September. The display case is in the entrance lobby to the library, just on the left after entering through the front door. See map to Oak Bend Library.
The pictorial map by Compton and Dry from 1875 is like a “Where’s Waldo” puzzle, and it is just as much fun for adults as for kids.
There are four items to find in the large map. The items are shown on the two “Can you find it…” cards in the right portion of the case.
There are people, animals and action with trains, boats, carts all over the pictorial map. There are three of these micro action scenes with speech balloons to prompt a child to fill in the rest of the sentence. The three speech balloons start with:
• The guy on the streetcar says…
• The train engineer says…
• The passenger on the river boat says…
Compton and Dry have listed at the bottom of each plate, many businesses and other features including residences. Each is marked in the list with a number. The corresponding feature on the map is identified with that number. Maybe one of the homes or businesses identified on the map belonged to a member of our family!
For both kids and adults
There are a few samples of the graphics in the exhibit which cover the walls of the Missouri History Museum like graffiti. And the color of the graphics is a great contrast to the monotone maps. The graphic novel style illustrations are by Dan Zettwoch.
Take your kids, grandkids and yourself to the Oak Bend library to see the display case. And after getting a taste of the 1875 pictorial maps, get on down to the Missouri History Museum to see the absolutely spectacular exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St.Louis!” in person.
See more about the 1875 pictorial maps and the exhibit on page Hold that pose St Louis!
See other display cases done by SCHS in the past several years.
The graphic novel style illustrations in this display are from photos of the Missouri History Museum exhibit, “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis.” The artist is Dan Zettwoch.
The exhibit is based on the Compton and Dry pictorial maps of 1875 St. Louis. The maps in the display are reproductions of the the Library of Congress original Compton and Dry pictorial maps titled, “Pictorial St. Louis, the great metropolis of the Mississippi valley; a topographical survey drawn in perspective A.D. 1875.”
The map reproduction sheets on the floor of the display case are on loan from SCHS board member Rose Marie Karius.
The book, “Pictorial St. Louis,” is on loan from SCHS member Gloria Wagstaff.
The display is sponsored by
Sappington-Concord Historical Society which has a mission to strengthen community by awakening interest in history for both adults and kids.
Direct questions and comments about the display to the contact page.