Fuller and Whitney
1885

Antique blueprint engineer's plan of Boston's Charlesgate East area

Blueprint plan of Boston Back Bay between Mass. Ave and Charlesgate East

DESCRIPTION: Original rare cadastral blueprint plan from September 22, 1885 providing detail for a portion of Boston's Back Bay on Beacon Street, Marlborough Street, and Commonwealth Avenue west of West Chester Park (Massachusetts Avenue) and east of Ipswich Street (Charlesgate East). At center left the reader will find the Beacon Entrance to Back Bay Park.

This blueprint, and perhaps other like it, were the end product created from a manuscript trace document by William H. Whitney. Verso is blank.

During the period 1872 to 1888 Fuller & Whitney Civil Engineers, was conducted as a partnership between J. Franklin Fuller and William H. Whitney with offices at 39 Court Street, Boston, Mass. Whitney assumed sole control of the firm in 1888 and changed the name to William H. Whitney.

In his autobiography Whitney refers to his work with the latest cutting-edge reprographic technology- blueprinting:
β€œIn September 1881 I received a bronze medal at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association Exhibit for sun or blue prints. I developed a process from the French and used it in illustrating the growth of Back Bay lands. I issued to subscribers monthly schedules and maps showing the changes of ownership, increase in value, improvement by filling and public works.” (The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol 64, January 1910. Number 253. p. lix).

Fuller and Whitney
Back Bay Engineers (1872- 1888)


From 1872 to 1888, Fuller & Whitney Civil Engineers thrived as a partnership between J. Franklin Fuller and William H. Whitney. In 1888, Whitney assumed sole proprietorship, boldly renaming the firm "William H. Whitney" to reflect his visionary leadership.

1881 MS Trace Fuller and Whitney Ad and Order Form

1881 MS Trace Fuller and Whitney Ad and Order Form
(not included)

In his autobiography Whitney refers to his work with the latest cutting-edge reprographic technology- blueprinting:
β€œIn September 1881 I received a bronze medal at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association Exhibit for sun or blue prints. I developed a process from the French and used it in illustrating the growth of Back Bay lands. I issued to subscribers monthly schedules and maps showing the changes of ownership, increase in value, improvement by filling and public works.” (The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol 64, January 1910. Number 253. p. lix)

CREATOR: Fuller and Whitney

PUBLICATION DATE: 1885

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Very good.  No condition issues. Clean and VERY blue. Ample margins.

COLORING: N/A

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 13 " x 15 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 86

PRICE: $375

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