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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1889
Lithographer: Donaldson Bros.

Pennsylvania map - Oil well, refinery, blast furnace, coal barge
Area: 45,215 sq. mi.
Population: 4,282,891
Scenes: Shooting an Oil Well, Loading a Coal Barge, Blast Furnace, Rolling Rails, Oil Refinery

Shown above is a detail image from the back of an interesting variety I've found on one of these Pennsylvania cards. It was originally printed incorrectly, bearing "No 57", which should be for West Virginia. It appears that this error was discovered before the cards were distributed, and that a sufficient number of these were wrong to make it worthwhile for the lithographer to create an overprint to correct the error. Two solid bars were printed over the original "No 57", and the correct "54" was printed to the right of it. (I also have a copy of the misnumbered card without the corrective overprint.)

This type of overprint correction has also been found on the Maine (#52), Oregon (#55), Maryland (#56), West Virginia (#57), Louisiana (#58) and Florida (#59) cards in this series. Please see the Errors & Curiosities - State Maps page to view examples. I'd be very interested in hearing from other collectors who've run across similar misprints on this and any other Arbuckle cards.

Although the cards in this series didn't include any additional descriptive information for the individual states or territories, the subsequently issued
Illustrated Atlas of the United States of America
did devote several paragraphs to