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    Maps, Globes and History

    Anyone here collect old maps, globes or anything historical? If so what do you have and why did you choose to collect that?

    Me I am just starting my collection of maps and globes I currently have 3 globes and 3 large maps. I also want to start collecting historical firearms but I only have 2 that fall into that category so far.

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    No, but I have always had a fascination with them. Whenever people have globes or maps as decorations in their home or office or whatever I always take the time to observe them closely. Its a really impressive lost art, map-making. I am boggled by the fact that people were able to do it so accurately way back when.

    What are the maps of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El D. View Post
    No, but I have always had a fascination with them. Whenever people have globes or maps as decorations in their home or office or whatever I always take the time to observe them closely. Its a really impressive lost art, map-making. I am boggled by the fact that people were able to do it so accurately way back when.

    What are the maps of?
    Right now I have 2 large pull down maps from the 60's united states and one on NY state. I've been looking online for some world maps of maps outside the US recently. I'm going to start going to antique shops looking for different ones. I also want to start collecting flags as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartender View Post
    Right now I have 2 large pull down maps from the 60's united states and one on NY state. I've been looking online for some world maps of maps outside the US recently. I'm going to start going to antique shops looking for different ones. I also want to start collecting flags as well.
    That sounds like a cool thing to get into. Next time I'm in a certain part of town I'm going to check this antique store to see if they have any.

    Come to think of it, I guess I sort of unknowingly collected some maps of state/national parks I've visited as of late. Also, my mom kept this map of the US, and when I drove across the country she marked the route I took and all of the places i visited with the dates I was there. She was fascinated with what I was doing, but she is so much of a planner and a record keeper. I think half the reason she did it was to keep herself from agonizing in worry when I would say things like "I don't know where I'm going tomorrow. I guess I can go wherever I want. Maybe I'll go south, or north, or west. Who knows? I'll see what I feel like in the morning and just start driving I guess." That kind of shit makes her go insane. It's like she sees chaos where I see freedom in that sense. Anyway, it's cool to look at now. The path is zig-zaggy. Sometimes when I go visit my parents I look at the map and remember the trip. Then she says "You can have the map if you want. I made it for you.", and then I say "No, its OK. You can keep it."

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    I don't collect physical objects but I love looking at maps. Here's a ww1 map I think you might like, @Bartender.


    Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?

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    Romania was a really weird shape before 1919.

    And I like the depiction of Serbia as a gadfly.

    The smile on (neutral) Holland is a bit too knowing.
    Die Logik ist keine Lehre, sondern ein Spiegelbild der Welt. Die Logik ist transcendental. - Wittgenstein

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    ^^^ The Czar's Steam Roller is a bit of wishful thinking
    in hindsight.
    Creativity is the residue of time wasted. ~ Albert Einstein

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    Not really but when I was a kid my brother somehow got a military map of France during World War I. It showed the trenches, all the teeny tiny little towns and was enormous and made out of vellum or something really durable. It was made during the war so was quite old but in great condition. The thing was amazing to look at. I should ask him whatever happened to it - I'd hang it on a wall in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrionzRevenge View Post
    ^^^ The Czar's Steam Roller is a bit of wishful thinking
    in hindsight.
    I assumed that was one of the two most famously successful generals in Russia's military history: Mud, and Winter. I'm guessing that's Winter, coming in to finish up after Mud has set things up.
    I'm suspicious of people who say they'll die for a flag but won't wear a mask for their neighbor.

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    Here's a couple of Ottoman maps

    1803


    1600

    Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?

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