This layer is a georeferenced raster image of the United States Geological Survey sheet map set entitled: Philadelphia and vicinity, east, 1955 (and west, 1956) (Pennsylvania - New Jersey) by the Geological Survey. It was published in 1958. Scale 1:24,000. Covers Philadelphia and portions of adjacent counties. Mapped by the Geological Survey and U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Compiled from 1:24,000 scale maps of Ambler 1952, Lansdale 1951, Collegeville 1951, Valley Forge 1952, Norristown 1952, Germantown 1952, Philadelphia 1949, Lansdowne 1956, Media 1955, Marcus Hook 1953, Bridgeport 1953, and Woodbury 1949 1953 7.5 minute quadrangles. This layer is image 1 of 2 total images of the two sheet source map set representing the eastern portion of the map.
The image inside the map neatline is georeferenced to the surface of the earth and fit to the Pennsylvania South State Plane Coordinate System NAD27 (in Feet) (Fipszone 3702). All map collar and inset information is also available as part of the raster image, including any inset maps, profiles, statistical tables, directories, text, illustrations, index maps, legends, or other information associated with the principal map.
USGS maps are typical topographic maps portraying both natural and manmade features. They show and name works of nature, such as mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, vegetation, etc. They also identify the principal works of humans, such as roads, railroads, boundaries, transmission lines, major buildings, etc. Relief is shown with standard contour intervals of 10 and 20 feet. Please pay close attention to map collar information on projections, spheroid, sources, dates, and keys to grid numbering and other numbers which appear inside the neatline.
This layer is part of a selection of digitally scanned and georeferenced historic maps from The Harvard Map Collection as part of the Imaging the Urban Environment project. Maps selected for this project represent major urban areas and cities of the world, at various time periods. These maps typically portray both natural and manmade features at a large scale. The selection represents a range of regions, originators, ground condition dates, scales, and purposes.