Vintage Maps

I have debated for years over whether or not to add vintage maps to Reusable Art. The vast majority of them will be terribly out of date and offer little of value to the geography student. But, as I began looking at more and more of them, it was the fact that they showed how things used to be that got me more interested.

Vintage maps offer today’s geography students a peek into the past and an opportunity for their teachers to discuss how many of the countries have changed throughout the centuries – some changing names, some being born and others becoming part of history.

For the crafters, I think vintage maps make great background images. The more yellowed and vintage, often the better they are to add an old-world feel to a project. Among the maps that I’ve shared so far, we have mostly black and white drawings that have yellowed with age. There’s one full-color map but it has its own unique issues.

Have fun exploring the world, the way it used to be.

australia

Vintage Australian Map

A great vintage Australian map from 1910. It shows the temporary location of the capital in Melbourne and was created only shortly after they gained their independence from England.

asia

Asia Map

Wonderful full-color, vintage Asia Map from 1910. Check out the old names and political affiliations of the countries. Great geography lesson for home-schoolers.

alps

Vintage Map of the Alps

1911 encyclopedia vintage map of the Alps. They are the most important physical feature of the European continent.

Mitchell 1858 North America Map

1858 Map of North America

1858 map of North America by Samuel Mitchell. Designed for students, the map is full of historical trivia and added details great for students of history.

algeria-and-tunisia

Algeria and Tunisia Map

Vintage Algeria and Tunisia map from when both countries were either owned or protected by France. It was included in an 1911 scholarly work.

Alberta Canada Map

Alberta Canada Map

Vintage Alberta Canada map. This Canadian province was founded in 1906 and this map was drawn a few years later around 1910 or 1911.

alaska-map

Alaska Map

Vintage Alaska map from an 1911 encyclopedia. The full state is displayed including the Aleutian Islands.

vintage alabama map

Alabama Map

Vintage Alabama map from 1911. Is your favorite city or town listed? There were half as many incorporated cities, towns and villages as there are now.

africa map

Africa Map

It is from a 1911 encyclopedia but the countries and political designations date all the way back to 1850 in this Africa Map from a well-known encyclopedia.

afghanistan

Afghanistan Map

Historical 1911 Afghanistan map from a public domain encyclopedia. There’s been a lot of changes to that part of the world since then.

map of abyssinia from 1911

Abyssinia

Vintage map of abyssinia from the 11th edition encyclopedia from 1911.

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