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Aug 22 2017 Bob L 11:54 AM

More on the history of the map—- The October 6, 1937 issue of The Nassau Daily Review Star has an article with very detailed descriptions of various rooms in the school.  In the article they say that the map was executed by “Magani, a well known mural artist in New York”.  So far I’ve not been able to find any other information on Magani.

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Aug 21 2017 Brian D McCarthy 11:35 PM

That was a great idea, Howard. And I was viewing the eclipse with a sheet of paper & hole. We would had to been in South Carolina to be in darkness.2024 isn’t too far away!

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Aug 21 2017 Ted 9:49 PM

Unfortunately, didn’t see anything here in this part of the Villages, there was a partial not to far in Leesburg, they estimated wrong, we were supposed to get it.

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Aug 21 2017 Tom 8:53 PM

Can never get enough photos!  I like to enlarge them and study closely,,,

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Aug 21 2017 Brian D McCarthy 8:30 PM

Wow! The sky didn’t darken like this over by us ( Lake Ronkonkoma ).
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Howard Kroplick

Brian, the sky did not darken as much. I placed a filter on my camera.

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Aug 21 2017 frank femenias 3:32 PM

Wild guessing, this jumbo map is located at Hempstead Town Hall at 1 Washington Street.
Dotted lines in the bays are township division lines, and dotted lines on the sound are ferry routes.

Airports: (12)
La Guardia airport – open
Flushing airport – closed
Floyd Bennet field – closed
Jamaica airport (Idlewild, JFK) – open
Manhassett Neck airport – closed
Mitchel field – closed
American Republic airport (Republic) – open
Sayville field – closed
Patchogue airport – closed
Southhampton airport – closed
Easthampton airport - closed
Montauk airport - open

Many name changes:
Swezy is now Calverton
Fireplace Neck is now Bellport…..

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Aug 21 2017 Bob L 1:22 PM

I can answer the first question.  The map is on the north wall of the auditorium of W.C. Mepham High School in North Bellmore.  It dates from 1937 when the building was constructed.

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Aug 21 2017 Dick Gorman 11:23 AM

Mystery Foto #33, addendum… After griping about the low-res map photo I realized that I hadn’t opened the close ups. Sorry about that. Still can’t find the miss-spellings but I do find seven airfields… Brentwood airport, Jamaica South, Flushing airport, Islip field, American airport, Mitchell Field, Floyd Bennet field.

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Aug 21 2017 Dick Gorman 10:44 AM

Mystery Foto #33… The large Long Island map is located in the auditorium of Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY. Can’t read most of the wording on the map so can’t find the miss-spellings. Can’t find airfields on this map. Photo seems to be low resolution. I will guess that the dotted lines on the sound and the bays (can’t see them in the image) are ferry routes. The map was restored in 1977 at a cost of $36,000.

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Aug 21 2017 Ken Buettner 10:27 AM

While I have no idea where the map is located (and I would like to visit it), nor the history of it, the references to, and highlight of, North Merrick are quite intriguing.
I believe that there are eleven airports shown on the map.
The dotted lines are ferry routes.

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Aug 20 2017 Randy Reed 10:21 PM

Very nice to see such an early car this nicely preserved. Give us notification if you find out when It’s up and running.

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Aug 20 2017 Steven Vilardi 9:31 PM

Being a south shore fellow from the tiny waterfront hamlet of east rockaway five miles east of the queens border and twenty miles south of the roslyn viaduc i am familiar with my local. Rockville centre is not spelled rockville center as in the photo of the giant map. Is that map in a court jury waiting room?

Reminds me of another old map you must check out in the brookville traffic court. It is a map of all the horse trails connecting all the old north shore estates. It may include the vanderbuilt parkway or components of it.

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Aug 20 2017 Brian D McCarthy 9:00 PM

16ft x 80ft! This map would literally extend from my garage to the opposite side of my street! OK, here I go:

*Map Location: The auditorium of Wellington C. Mepham High School, Bellmore NY. After enough searching on the Internet, I can’t recall what led me to this high school. The “Blue Star” in Bellmore marks the location of the high school.

*Villages Misspelled/Incorrectly Named:  Nassau County- East Meadow ( Meadaw ). Suffolk County- Sweezy ( Swezy ). On the map, “Swezy” is just N/W of Riverhead. I think that Sweezy was a village or hamlet in the vicinity of Riverhead. There is a “Sweezy Pond” between County Rd 51 and County Rd 63.

# of Airfields: 12 ( Red Stars ).

*Representation of Dotted Lines on LI Sound/Bays: Village/Town/County boundaries.

*History of Map: I couldn’t find any solid proof on how this map was created. The High School was officially open 9/1937. My best guess is that the students/staff worked on building this map during that time period? I find the following a bit interesting….The lower section of the map frame is worded:  NORTH MERRICK THE VIRTUE LIES IN THE STRUGGLE NOT THE PRIZE NORTH BELLMORE…..The lower border below the windows on the opposite wall is worded:  BELLMORE THE FOUNDATION OF EVERY STATE IS THE EDUCATION OF ITS YOUTH MERRICK

 

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Aug 20 2017 Ted 8:31 PM

In answer to the year of the license plate,it looks to me it’s 41

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Aug 20 2017 LMK 8:29 PM

As already stated by Sam, please more details on its journey to Berlin…

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Aug 20 2017 Roger Price 8:23 PM

Wow!!!  The car is in amazing condition.  They’re smart NOT to restore the car.  It’s fantastic as it is.
Rog

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Aug 20 2017 Steve Lucas 8:16 PM

The map mural is located in the auditorium of Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY. There are a few villages that I don’t think ever existed, at least I never heard of them. Among them are Roanoke, New Village, and Swezy. Port Jefferson seems to be identified as being further east than it really is. I believe I counted 11 airfields: Floyd Bennett; Flushing; Jamaica; Mitchell; Brentwood Flying Field; Sayville; Patchogue Airport; Southampton; Montauk; and American Airport which looks like it might be Republic. The dotted lines are ferry routes. The map was restored by the Mepham High School Alumni Association and may at one time have hung in a restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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Aug 20 2017 Roger Price 8:13 PM

Howard,
My wife and I just visited the Tucker exhibit at the AACA Museum a couple of weeks ago.  Fantastic exhibit!!!
Rog

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Aug 20 2017 S. Berliner, III 2:30 PM

An auditorium that large is most likely at SUNY Stony Brook.  I can’t read the details but dotted lines on the water are most likely ferry routes (or spilled popcorn or chum lines).  There’s a similar 5’ long 1928 soils map at the offices of SPLIA (Society for the Preservation of LI Antiquities) in Cold Spring Harbor which I documented at <http://sbiii.com/limpmaps.html#soilsmap>.  There’s also a large WWI map at the Cradle of Aviation Museum which I document further down on that same page, <http://sbiii.com/limpmaps.html#WWILIMap>.  By the way, what is that wild little jog at Bedford Avenue in Hauppauge (detail “n” on the first map - <http://sbiii.com/limppix/soilmapn.jpg>) all about?  Sam, III

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Aug 20 2017 S. Berliner, III 1:53 PM

Not a comment (other than “WOW!”) but could we please have a higher-resolution shot showing the year of the NY license plate (or just the date itself) and the story of how the car got from LI to Berlin?  Sam, III

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