Do you have any information on the birds eye view of Rising Sun.

— Nelson Neuman

Popular around the turn of the 20th century, panoramic maps provided a bird’s eye view of a community. In Cecil, two were produced by the Fowler and Kelly Company of Morrisville, Pa. In 1907, the company’s illustrators and artists surveyed the town, producing the view. “Although the scale of certain buildings were exaggerated to make the town more visible, the accuracy and attention to detail was otherwise so meticulous that each building was almost an exact copy of its real world counterpart down to the number of windows it possessed,” the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission notes. To make a print run more profitable, they added more detailed sketches of selected business for an additional fee. These maps, which were widely produced by Fowler and Kelly, in regions across the country are very popular. They show an elevated perspective of Rising Sun, included detailed insets of selected buildings in the bustling communities.

— Mike Dixon

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