Here’s the Peak’s Island Maine bird’s-eye view from 1886. A nice example of this genre, though Peak’s Island is just a small metropolis!
The artist tries to show all the buildings on the island – even the windows and doors.
Peaks Island is just off the city of Portland Maine – a short ferry ride then and now. The Forest City steamboat, filled with passengers is headed back to the city. It looks to be disproportionately large – artistic license…
The text at the bottom is a key to prominent sites – such as the Forrest City’s dock — No. 18.
The island was a vacationland for Mainers – look at the roller coaster, skating rink and theatre (Nos. 1,2,3).
And what is that large tower? A lookout to see the ships in Casco Bay?
Off in the distance is a four masted schooner. These large sailing vessels were the freighters of that time.