Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tour de France Show

It's a race that can be over 2000 miles, takes a better portion of a month, stretches from the Sea to the Alps, and is the largest bicycle race in the world. The Tour De France began in 1903, and continues today with a growing audience. We are excited to offer a show of Tour De France maps in conjunction with our friends at Urbanistic (3215 Lowell in historic Highlands Square) where we will have maps on display from the 1930's up to the 2004. Includes the winning years for such greats as Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, and of course Lance Armstrong. Show opens this weekend during the Highlands Fair, and just in time for Father's Day.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Interesting Article on Old Maps...

Old Japanese Maps On Google Earth Unveil Secrets

We recently read this article on old Japanese Maps. It is interesting how maps can seems so factual and neutral at one point in time, and be inflammatory at another. What do you think when you look at a map? Do you see the slant of the map-maker or do you usually tend to see "facts"?

We currently have some original Japanese published materials available for sale on our website.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Catalog 55

Our latest catalog, Catalog 55 is now available on-line for your viewing pleasure.

or in pdf form

New Location

The Old Map Gallery has moved. Please visit us at our new location at 1550 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO 80202. We are located in historic lower downtown Denver, just steps away from Tattered Cover. Next time you are in Denver...please stop by and see us.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Art of Maps - Catalog 53

Cartography can be an art. In our most recent catalog we include the cartographic works of artists like Art Spiegelman, Etta Garson, Ruth Taylor, Ernest Dudley Chase, and even James Whistler. It's the artist's approach that reaches beyond dry geography and brings a region or topic to life. For instance, James Whistler, in his first printed work, made a map for the Anacapa Islands off the California coast. The map is richly detailed and includes a detailed shore profile, giving the perspective of how a sailor would see the coast. But Whistler didn't stop there, he included birds flying nearby and grasses blowing along the shore, unfortunately his bosses at the U.S. Coast Survey didn't find it fitting and in short time decided Whistler didn't fit in either.

Decades later, such infusions of expression and perspective into cartography would find a welcome home in work such as that of Frank Dorn, a student of Chinese history and while in the army was stationed in Asia where he produced a find map for modern Beijing, then "Peiping". His map is an artistic impression of the city, its many colors and cultures showing not just the points of tourist interest but a bit of the feel of the town.

Please review our latest catalog online, through our webpage at

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Summer Catalog - Globes & Oddities


Catalogs are a lot of work, and perhaps we start seeing things that aren't there after a while, but it seems like in every catalog we can begin to see themes. Sometimes, just by a fluke, we end up with a number of good things that trace the development of a region or city. Not that we are clever enough to intentionally do it, but they just kind of all arrive organically, without a lot of conscious effort on our behalf, just buying what crosses our paths and lands in our laps.

In this catalog we have amassed an unusual selection of globes...but not the kind you remember from grade school...these contraptions were the latest inventions that were going to make the old style of globes obsolete. Globes that inflate, expand with internal armatures, or simply unfold into three dimensional depictions of the planet. There are three such rarities in this catalog, as well as many other rarities and decorative items. Please visit our webpage and take a look under the category labelled "Catalog 52".

As always, Enjoy!

Curtis & Alanna Bird

The Old Map Gallery