David Humphreys house at 37 Elm Street Ansonia, CT, photographed from the Episcopal Cemetery. The house is maintained by the Derby Historical Society. – Creative Commons License

The city of Ansonia, located in New Haven County on the Naugatuck River, is in the lower Naugatuck Valley region. Though its development as a village center started in the 1600s, it was not until 1864 that it was incorporated as a town, and in 1893 reincorporated as a city. Also referred to as the “Copper City,” Ansonia produced copper, brass, rubber, and plastics, among other manufacturing industries. It was the home of the well-known Ansonia Clock Company and the birthplace of Revolutionary War Colonel David Humphreys.

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View of Ansonia, Conn. 1875

Map – Bird’s-eye View of Ansonia, 1875

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries panoramic or perspective maps, also known as bird's-eye views and aero views, were used to depict many of Connecticut's town and cities. …[more]

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Hughes & Bailey. “Aero View of Ansonia, Connecticut / Waterbury, Conn.” Bird’s-eye. Waterbury, CT: Hughes & Bailey, 1921. University of Connecticut Libraries, Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. “Digital Photograph Collection: Ansonia -  Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection, ca. 1940s,” 2017. Link.
“Photograph: Factory At Ansonia, Coe Brass Manufacturing Company,” 1900. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries. Link.
“View of Ansonia, Conn.” O.H. Bailey & Company, 1875. Boston Public Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. Link.


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