Please note: Our maps are shipped unframed. Our product images show them framed for illustration purposes only.
Bird’s eye view maps – also known as panoramic, pictorial or aerial maps – are where art, geography, and history combine to celebrate a lost art form. These maps have tremendous artistic, educational, and historical value and make great collector’s items and gifts. Vintage City Maps offers the most extensive collection of restored and remastered bird’s eye view maps available, and is dedicated to bringing these works of art back to life for all to enjoy.
Due to the pandemic, overseas shipping may take longer than usual.
The original maps are amazing works of art and many are in color, but unfortunately over the last 150-200 years they have become torn, faded, creased, discolored, and stained. Many are virtually unrecognizable. Photographic copies of many of the maps in their current deteriorated state can be purchased from a variety of internet sites as “authentic.” But Vintage City Maps is the best source for maps that have actually been restored. Our maps are painstakingly repaired and remastered by professional artists and graphic designers in Austin, Texas.
Our maps are printed in 600+ dpi high-resolution on archival-quality paper with eye-popping clarity. (The images in our online catalog are the low-resolution versions). The maps show people having conversations, horses and buggies in the streets, buildings, homes, and shops with remarkable architectural detail.
Although a major source for many of our maps is the National Archives, our extensive research into public libraries and other collections worldwide has uncovered maps that few people even knew existed, and until now have not been seen by the general public.
We go to great lengths to save the integrity of the original maps and many have been literally brought back from the dead. We’ve developed our own special techniques and processes for color-correcting, re-formatting, repairing tears, folds, stains, and enhancing details, while still retaining a special antique look. Much of the printed information detailing the buildings at the bottoms of these maps has been repaired and restored. Many of the maps had missing sections due to tears and holes, which necessitated researching and then manually drawing in what was originally there.
Our maps come to you unframed – the thumbnails are for illustration purposes only. The majority of our maps can be purchased in two different sizes – our regular-sized maps are typically 24″ by 30-40″, and our large maps are typically 36″ by 48-60″, depending on the format of the original map. Most of our regular sized maps are purposely formatted to fit standard wall frames that can be found at your local retailers, like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. Many of our customers go this route, and many have them custom framed. The maps have a 2″-3″ printed border so that expensive matting is unnecessary, and they’re ready to frame.
Our aim is to restore these works of art back as closely as possible to their original look when the artists created them, and at an affordable price.