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Map, Pictorial, Illinois, Chicago, Historical Centenary Map 1833-1933, Chicago: 1933


O.E. Stelzer (after)
Walter M. Conley (designer)
Caroline Margaret McIlvaine (historian)
A Map of Chicago, Incorporated as a Town August 5 1833
Walter Conley & O.E. Stelzer, [Chicago]: 1933
Color process print
17.75 x 25.5 inches, image
20.5 x 28 inches, overall

Historical pictorial map showing the city of Chicago, Illinois, at the time of its incorporation in 1833. The map was issued upon the Chicago centennial in 1933. It shows Chicago as a small settlement of only four square blocks near where the Chicago River empties into Lake Michigan. Buildings, wooded areas, swamp land and dunes (“Sand Hills”) along the shore are indicated. Trails from the city are indicated. The map is printed in full color and decorated with small illustrations of wild and domestic animals and a stagecoach. A Native American couple rests beneath a tree in the lower left corner, a tepee behind them. In addition, a Native American canoe and a fur trapper’s boat travel on Lake Michigan. The map also incorporates several larger pictorial vignettes: State Street in 1836; Miss Eliza Chappel’s school; The Forks; the Temple Building, 1833; the first draw bridge and Fort Dearborn.

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An inscription in the lower right of the map states that it was “compiled from original ‘Map of Chicago about 1833.'” A reduced version of this map also appeared in the Chicago Sunday Tribune Picture Section on August 13, 1933. Text accompanying that version explained that the map had been drawn by Stelzer and designed by Conley, both of Chicago, and that Conley also assisted Caroline McIlvaine with the historical compilation. The map was likely issued in connection with The Chicago World’s Fair — A Century of Progress, celebrating the centenary of Chicago in 1933. The fair was held in Burnham Park along Lake Michigan in the Near South Side neighborhood. After its successful run in 1933, it was renewed for an additional year, closing in October 1934

O.E. Stelzer published at least two historical maps of Midwestern cities in the 1930s, including A Map of Chicago Incorporated as a Town August 5 1833 (with Walter Conley, 1933) and Map of South Bend, Indiana, Showing the Settlement in 1931 (as W. & O.E. Stelzer, c. 1933)

Full publication information: O.E. Stelzer, Des. Caroline M. McIlvaine, Historical Adviser. © 1933 Walter H. Conley & O.E. Stelzer.

Condition: Generally very good overall with only minor toning, wear and handling. Few short marginal tears professionally restored. Colors bright as printed with glossy finish.


“Conley, Walter M. (2 entries).” Newberry Library Cartographic Catalog. October 2013. (17 October 2013).

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