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

Variety "A" - Incorrect Population (Kentucky's)
West Virginia map - Oil refinery

(detail view)

(NOTE 1: Apparently, the population error was discovered before the cards were actually distributed. All examples of this variety that I've seen have a small black six-pointed star printed or stamped (approximately) over the '1' of 1,648,690 in an attempt to make the number appear more accurate. )
(NOTE 2: This variety is so far known only on cards with the "ARBUCKLE'S" printing variety on the back.)

Variety "B" - Corrected Population

(detail view)

(NOTE: This variety is known on cards with both the "ARBUCKLE'S"
and "ARBUCKLES'" printing variety on the back.)

Area: 24,780 sq. mi.
Population: 1,648,690 ("A" - incorrect) or 618,457 ("B" - correct)
Scenes: Oil Refinery

Shown above is a detail image from the back of an interesting variety found on a few of these West Virginia cards and originally identified by Jerry Anderson. It was first printed incorrectly, bearing "No 54", which should be for Pennsylvania. 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 54", and the correct "57" was printed to the right of it.

This type of overprint correction has also been found on the Maine (#52), Pennsylvania (#54), Oregon (#55), Maryland (#56), 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
West Virginia