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View, New York City, Vicinity, Panorama, Jacob Ruppert, Antique Print, 1912

Jacob Ruppert (1867-1939) (copyright by)
Panoramic View of New York City and Vicinity
Jacob Ruppert, New York: 1912
Chromolithograph mounted on rollers
18.5 x 30 inches, overall

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A large panoramic bird’s-eye view of New York City and vicinity, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. It extends from New York Harbor in the south to Westchester County in the northeast, and with parts of New Jersey from northwest to southwest. The detailed cartography shows major roads, piers, bridges and buildings. The Statue of Liberty and various bridges are drawn as tiny illustrations. Numerous boats are in the rivers and bays. Neighborhoods, bodies of water, bridges, and tunnels are labeled. Ferry routes are marked with dotted lines. Urban areas are colored in shades of orange, parks and open land are green, and bodies of water light blue. The map was published as promotion by brewer Jacob Ruppert to promote his Knickerbocker Beer. Jacob Ruppert & Company was located between 90th and 94th Streets and Second and Third Avenues on the Upper East Side, which is marked on the map with a dark blue star. Originally the map was issued with text in the sky advertising the brewery; one such example is in the collection of the Library of Congress. The advertising banner is trimmed from the one offered here; other known examples of it are similarly trimmed.

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This map was issued during the heyday of drawn bird’s-eye views of American towns, which lasted from the Civil War to around 1910. Historians estimate that some 4,500 views were produced nationwide during that period. In an era before aviation, the creation of these panoramas was an act of imagination, combining information from city maps, ground-level sketches of buildings and the rules of Renaissance perspective into a convincing aerial view. Hand-drawn views were largely supplanted by aerial photographs taken from airplanes in the mid 20th century.

Jacob Ruppert, Sr., founded his brewery in New York’s Yorkville neighborhood in 1867. In 1886, the founder’s son, Jacob Ruppert, Jr., entered the business as an apprentice; by 1896 he was acting head of the firm, and became president when his father died in 1915. In the early 20th century its Knickerbocker Beer was the best-selling beer in America. The younger Ruppert was a dynamic man whose interests extended beyond managing his business. As a young man, he attained the rank of colonel in the New York National Guard and served as an aide to two New York governors. He served on the New York State Assembly for four consecutive terms (1898-1906) and remained involved in politics through the Tammany Hall political network. However, he is probably best remembered as one of the partners who purchased a baseball team in 1914, renamed it the New York Yankees, and built Yankee Stadium. Ruppert  was responsible for many other innovations including adding numbers to the backs of uniforms and building the Yankee farm system. The brewery continued in operation after his death and finally closed in 1965.

Full publication information: “Copyright 1912 by Jacob Ruppert.”

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling, the colors brighter than many other extant examples which frequently are toned due to exposure of not being framed. Mounted on wooden ebonized rollers as issued. Advertising banner for Knickerbocker Beer in sky area now trimmed, as is typical for numerous extant examples.


Dunlap, David W. “Red-Brick Remnant of Manhattan’s Brewing Past Is Unearthed, Only to Vanish.” 26 March 2014. (9 February 2022).

“Panoramic view of New York City.” Library of Congress. (9 February 2022).

Trimblem, Patrick A. “Ruppert, Jacob.” 2019. (9 February 2022).

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20th Century