Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project

Historic Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Queen of Spas

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Title

Historic Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Queen of Spas

Date

1996

Publisher

White Mountain Puzzles

Language

eng

Contributor

McEntee, Bill

Rights Holder

White Mountain Puzzles, www.whitemountainpuzzles.com/

Map Item Type Metadata

Date Depicted (Display)

1996

Date Published (Display)

1996

Caption

"Feather in top right corner: 'Sarah-to-ga' -'hillside country of the great river': The Mohawk tribe named this area for its proximity to the Hudson River.'"

Abstract (& Historical Note)

This colorful pictorial puzzle map, assembled by Saratoga Springs Public Library staff members, captures the essence of late twentieth-century Saratoga Springs tourism. The city invites visitors to enjoy its history, recreation, and local businesses. Reading from top to bottom draws viewers from past to present, starting with the Spa City’s Native American origin story, largely absent in nineteenth-century tourist maps. At the bottom, vignettes highlight Saratoga Springs’ summer offerings: the arts (SPAC), horses (racetrack), history (the Battle of Saratoga), and relaxation. The city’s traditional “health” component is harder to find in this map.

Although a modern artist’s rendering— as much illustration as map –- this depiction draws on well-known cartographic traditions. Placing a ring of images around the central map traditionally includes additional information, often city plans or people “types” in early modern maps such as Willem Blaeu’s Africa (1635). In the White Mountain map, the outer row, tinted a coppery color, evokes nineteenth-century city founders, key citizens, jockeys, and architecture. The inner row offers a series of advertisements for companies that (not so surprisingly) appear on the map.

Repository

Saratoga Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library

Publisher

White Mountain Puzzle, Inc.

Place of Publication

Jackson, N.H.

Physical Dimensions

25.5" x 34"

Scale

Flexible

Record Creation Date

6/26/14

Citation

“Historic Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Queen of Spas,” Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project, accessed June 23, 2017, http://ssmp.skidmore.edu/document/50.

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