In the mood for… vintage maps

Going from living in my own house, back to a small (overpriced) apartment hasn’t been easy. Space seemed like it was the biggest issue at first, but I have gotten creative and also got rid of a lot of things so now my issue is the feeling of place, my own place, that is definitely lacking. I can’t paint the walls, put in new cabinet doors and I even hesitate to put things on the wall since I’ll have to patch up the holes later on. However, I needed to do something so I decided if it can be hung with a nail it could go up, I mean how else can I get a place to begin to feel like my own? Ok so I decided to put something on the wall, but what?
Well I sort of put it on the back burner since I had (and still have a few) things from boxes that need to be put away and figured I would tackle this later on. Well a few days ago when I was browsing through the current sales on Restoration Hardware, I decided to go through their design ideas for small spaces and I found these images:
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Clearly, there are a lot of things in these samples that I really like, but I particularly liked the framed vintage map above the sofa, and by ‘particularly like’ I mean I’m obsessed. So over the past few days, in between my 3D computer modeling at work and Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix at home, I have done some research about using vintage maps as art and apparently it is sort of popular. People even use maps as wrapping paper? I don’t know, it looks pretty cool, but I’m not sure I could bring myself to actually open the beautifully wrapped present.

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Anyway I first looked up some maps since I haven’t decided if I’m going to buy a print or try to make the print myself. (post to follow) These were some of my favorites:

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 Since I am head over heels for Louisiana I looked those up first, Chances are I will end up with a map of this fabulous state so its only logical :) Here is one from New Orleans in 1850 via grace galleries.
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 Here is another New Orleans map 28 years later via Perry Castaneda Library at the University of Texas.
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The two maps above are called Fisk Maps since they were orginally done by Harold Fisk in 1944. These maps trace the path changes the Mississippi River has taken through time. The ones I show here are the two southern most portions of the study. There are 15 total beginning in Illinois and ending in Louisiana. You can see a map of all of them put together here. Mr. Fisk originally did them as a study for the Army Corps of Engineers when the levee system was first being planned out. Now these ‘studies’ are not only an amazing source for some history of the Mississippi River, but they are also quite beautiful. via radical cartography
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From Louisiana I thought I’d go to my home state of California in 1698. via Perry Castaneda Library at the University of Texas. 
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Boston in 1769 via grace galleries.
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Europe and Asia in 1801 via Perry Castaneda Library at the University of Texas.
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 In honor of the 2012 Olympic Games here is London in 1913 via american geographical society.
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Next, I wanted to see how other people have already used maps in their own spaces to start to get some ideas of my own. These were the ones that inspired me the most:
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via martha stewart living (june 2007)
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via house beautiful (oct 2008)
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Lastly I will end the post with a few images that may be more modern than what I usually go for, but it was a pretty unique take on map art in my opinion.
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 via NotHS
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So what do you think I should do? On large print in a large frame? Divide one large map into several smaller frames? or maybe forgo everything and go with the typographical maps? Regardless I will have a future post about what I end up doing. I hope you enjoyed this SECOND (yup I made it to post No. 2) on maps on this Thirsty Thursday :)
with fabulousness,
me.