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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ass Density and Excessive Females

Among the additions made to the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection this weekend were Henry Gannett's statistical atlases for the 1890 and 1900 censuses. The maps show everything from the population densities of Presbyterians and Scandinavians to death rates due to consumption and typhoid fever. Presented on Plate No. 149 of the 1900 atlas is the "Number of Horses, Mules, and Asses per Square Mile."

Below is a detail from a map showing the "Predominating Sex" in 1890. Though most of the population schedules from that census have been lost, we can see that the East Coast was at that time overrun with females.

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