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Maps

  • 9 Vintage Maps of Chicago You Must See

    Chicago

    Chicago has always been one of America's most iconic cities. Sitting in the heart of the Midwest, since the dawn of the country the Windy City has always been a passageway for travelers traveling from coast to coast. The diverse city has been a nexus of American culture. Many consider it the metropolis that best exemplifies the national architecture, as the sky scraper was birthed there (arguably) and the country's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was based out of there for much of his career. Chicago is a city, like San Francisco, that very much has a unified architectural style. That is largely the result of the Chicago Fire og 1871. The fire completely decimated the city. And like the San Francisco 1906 earthquake, had to be practically rebuilt from the ground up. Here are 9 amazing maps--some before the fire and others fire from 1859-1938. Enjoy!

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  • Watch Hollywood Grow Through History in 9 Maps

    Hollywood

    Hollywood was originally known as the Cauhenga Valley in the mid 19th century. However, in 1886 H.J. Whitley dubbed the area Hollywood and the name stuck. By the turn of the century the neighborhood had grown to become a small town. By 1912, major film making companies  had taken up shop in Los Angeles. In those days, Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company held many patents with film technology. It drove a lot of filmmakers out west, and coupled with the bright sun year round weather of Southern California, Paramount, Warner Brothers, RKO and Columbia all became headquartered in the neighborhood. After that, the rest is history, as Hollywood's reputation in teh 1920s as Tinseltown became solidified--rife with movie stars glamour and film industry hedonistic excess. Visualize the development if this particular patch of the world globe in the following nine beautiful maps.

    H.H. Wilcox & Co 1887 Map of Hollywood

    H.H. Wilcox was one of the very firs people in history to own property in the newly dubbed Hollywood area. Him and his wife Daeida named dubbed their ranch Hollywood after moving from the midwest. H.H. Wilcox & Co was his real estate company.

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  • 5 Awesome Maps of Mars

    Mars

    While we specialize in world globes, sometimes it is good to extend one's gaze into the heavens. Mars has been of particular interest recently, after NASA recently found water on the planet. Last year, The Martian, with Matt Damon highlighted the red planet as well. With the Curiosity Rover getting more and more pics of the planet, we are learning more about it than we ever had. With many planned missions to Mars on the horizon in the next decade or so, it is the next frontier for humanity to conquer as we venture farther and farther into space. Nothing will beat the beauty of our own special world globe here on earth, but Mars is a close second!

    Ordinance Survey

    The famous UK mapping agency Ordinace Survey created this beautiful map of Mars with their distinctive class and style. Using data from NASA, see about 3.8 million square miles of Mars surface with this colorful map. Be sure to bring this next time you venture to the red planet to find your way around.

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  • 7 Extraordinary Maps of Paris

    New Perspectives on Paris

    Artistic Rendering of Paris

    Here, an artist renders the world's most beautiful city as if it is merging with the surrounding environment. Not cartographically accurate, this impressionistic map is still a pleasure to get drawn into.

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  • 5 Cool Maps of Australia

    Australia

    Australia is a very big country. Known for its attractive but rowdy people, famous Hollywood actors, koalas, kangaroos and hot sun, there is a lot to love in the country that has a lot of land.  Without seeing Australia on a world globe where its size is accurately rendered, it can be hard to truly wrap your mind around its girth. That being said, the country is also relatively empty, Australia is a very, very large continent that is almost all desert. The large majority of the country's population are concentrated on the coasts, understandably. The coastal cities of Australia contribute to its famous surfing and beach culture. Fine some of the beach beaches of the world globe in the country that used to be a penal colony. In the meantime, to get an idea of Australia's super vast landmass, here are some awesome maps to help give some perspective.

    Countries that Fit Into Australia

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  • 5 Maps That Will Change Your Perspective of the World

    The Oceans and Continents Swapped:

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  • 3 Amazing Maps of Mythic Locations

    Atlantis

    atlantisWhile maps and globes continue to all feature some spacial distortion, they are more accurate than ever due to satellite technology and GPS. However, maps and globes have not always been such responsible authorities on geography. Many ancient maps and globes are filled with wild geographic inaccuracies, in many cases going so far as to include entirely made up or mythic locations. To honor how far we have come with Columbus' exacting cartography, we wanted to look at some curious maps of mythical locations. The most famous of all is of these legendary locations, is of course, Atlantis. Created by Plato as metaphoric, the mythic island has grown in reputation throughout history. In Plato's works, Timaeus and Critias, the Atlantian navy besieged Athens. However, Athens won the battle over Atlantis, even though no other state in the west was able to withstand Atlantis' mighty army. The gods, in a fit of anger, eventually sent Atlantis to the bottom of the ocean. Although many conspiracy theorists across history have speculated as to the "real" location of Atlantis, Plato alleged it was situated "beyond the Pillars of Hercules." While Atlantis was clearly meant as a metaphor in his work, this mythic island has indeed been the subject of many ancient maps, such as this one from 1669, designed by Athanasius Kircher.

     

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  • Act Now to Get a Mother's Day Gift

    A Globe for Mother's Day

    cheetasThere's only 7 more days until Mother's Day, so be sure to order a gift for her today to make sure it arrives on time. There are many handmade, artisanal globes in our collection that would delight any mother with their stunning design and brilliant cartography. Don't let another Mother's Day go by without getting Mom something that shows her how special she is to you. No more last minute gifts or cards--consider one of these stunning globes, with their artful construction and geographical splendor, to give to the person who loves you most in the world! Any Mom would go crazy over Columbus Globes, which has been in the industry the longest of any other manufacturer in the world. Over 100 years of craftsmanship and innovation have gone into producing these brilliant world globes, which are built to last a lifetime.

     

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  • Experience Innovative Modern Style With these Two Globes

    The DUO ALBA

    duo-alba-officeThe DUO ALBA is Columbus' newest map style. With its grey ocean design, it stands out with its thoroughly contemporary sensibility. The satellite view of the ocean's underwater relief is particularly bold on this model, and gives it an extraordinary visual texture. When the globe becomes illuminated through the flip of a switch, the grey ocean transitions suddenly into a luminous blue hue. As the newest entry in a stellar collection of cartography and design, the two DUO ALBA globes are eye candy and fit particularly well in a home or office decor with a decidedly contemporary slant. Be on the edge of Columbus' pioneering design spirit with either the desktop or floor model that features this striking style.

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