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.
The original maps are amazing works of art and many are in color, but unfortunately over the last 100-150 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 led by Hal Weiner in Austin, Texas.
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, formatting, repairing tears, folds, stains, and enhancing details. 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 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.
Our maps are printed in high resolution on archival-quality paper with eye-popping clarity. They show people having conversations, horses and buggies in the streets, buildings, homes, and shops with remarkable detail.
The majority of our maps can be purchased in two different sizes. Our regular-sized maps are typically 24 by 30-40 inches, and our large maps are typically 36 by 48-60 inches, 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 customer 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.