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Map, Long Island, Original Seashore Map, Captree State Park, Vintage Watercolor, 1950s


C. Koetzner
Captree State Park
American: 1953-59
Watercolor on paper, mounted on illustration board
Signed and dated lower right
32.5 x 44.75 inches overall
35.75 x 47.5 inches framed

Large original manuscript map of Captree State Park on Long Island, in Babylon, New York, located on the eastern tip of Jones Island, which opened in 1954. The map shows Captree Island, the State Boat Channel, Fire Island Inlet and the portion of Jones Island that includes Captree State Park and Oak Beach. The simple rendering shows the park in shades of green and yellow, and the surrounding geographical areas in tan. Within the park, areas of vegetation are indicated in green, and the boat basin, parking areas, fishing pier and nearby picnic area, roads and a few buildings (in red) are labeled. The map is signed by the artist lower right and dated February 6, 1953, but the title gives a date of 1959.

This map was loaned by George Glazer Gallery for a special exhibition at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY, called The Land of Moses: Robert Moses and Modern Long Island, which ran from June 22 through October 28, 2018. According to curator of the exhibit the reason the museum sought the loan was that “original material from the planning of the parks, parkways, and highways is quite rare; this watercolor represents the promise of postwar suburban recreation and would be an object with which visitors would really connect.”

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Today Captree State Park is home to the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island. Other popular attractions include the picnic area, with a view of Fire Island and the Fire Island Lighthouse. On this early map, what is now Ocean Parkway is labeled “To Jones Beach & New York” and there is a dashed line leading south from the traffic circle labeled “Proposed Fire Island Bridge.” This has since been constructed and named the Robert Moses Causeway and the circle has been replaced by a cloverleaf.

C. Koetzner was a map illustrator who also drew the maps on a 1959 poster promoting tourism in New York.

Titled and inscribed: Captree State Park, 300 Acres, Long Island State Park Commission, Babylon L.I., New York. 1959. Prepared by Sidney M. Shapiro, Chief Engineer. C. Koetzner 2/6/53.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, soiling. Paper laid down to illustration board, as issued. Minor lifting of paper and short tears in outer margins, unobtrusive. Frame good with the usual overall wear and shrinkage.


“Captree State Park.” NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. 2012. (19 July 2012).

“Lot nr. 643, Auction 38.” Van Sabben Poster Auctions.!prettyPhoto[gallery1]/0/ (19 July 2012).

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