New England Regional Imagery
New England was one of the landscapes that road map art helped to popularize with the traveling family. The region was depicted as a welcoming place, attractive for both its rugged natural features and its quaint, rustic towns. Images of pristine nucleated villages with white-steeple churches predominated, but depictions of lobster fishermen, maple sugaring, and lighthouses were also popular themes. All these images helped to reinforce the idea of New England as a place of small, oftentimes coastal, towns untouched by heavy industry and urbanization, and the perfect destination for families hankering for the experience of the simple “traditional” American culture.