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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Lohman Map

We've had our eye on this cartoon style map of Hartford by Phil Lohman for quite some time. We first saw it in the basement of one of our friends and was very happy to have the opportunity to acquire one a couple weeks ago. (Incidentally, this same map hangs in the Pan De Oro chip factory) It seems that the map was distributed by The Hartford Courant to celebrate 225 years in print. Since the map states that The Courant started "on a hard-operated press" in 1764, we did some hardcore number crunching and DNA analysis to date this map at 1989. It's a very cool and unique map and a glimpse at how Hartford was a generation ago. Huge thanks to Sad City friend Chion Wolf for taking the photo of this map for us. If you would like the full size jpeg, email us here.


  1. I am Phil Lohman's daughter and therefore can objectively state that the map is not only a useful record of Hartford's cityscape, but a strong example of his fine skills as an illustrator and mapmaker. In other words, YAY DAD!

    1. Hi Melissa,
      I agree with you about your father skills. Do you know if one can get a copy of this map these days? Or maybe a better/larger picture than this one.
      It just happens that I'm a big fan of cartoon/illustrated towns from all places...
      Thank you very much.

      David D.

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