Five-hundred enormous historical maps; all downloadable in their highest resolution. With a new map every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
While working on another project
I had occasion to spend long hours doing archival research. During this research I found literally thousands of awesome maps that I saved for personal interest/use (I am a lover of maps and a cartographer by academic training). At some point I got real jazzed on the idea of releasing them to the public.
Most map blogs (and there are several amazing ones) will display somewhat large maps, but they're never as large as I'd like; and it's very rare that they'll provide the full-res file. The Big Map Blog
– being designed as a tool for the dissemination and use of these old public-domain maps – is proudly transparent in providing files at their highest resolution. These maps can also be displayed in your browser (thanks AskMeFi)
There are around 570 maps on the blog as of now, and new map will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30AM Eastern (updates via twitter)
. For how long? Well, I have 1,700 optimized maps ready to go, so, possibly "for forever" (thanks again AskMeFi)
As a note of thanks to the community and our excellent moderators, I brought presents: For Jessamyn
, for Cortex
, Matt & pb
have to share, for the Chicago Cabal
(which I'll admit to never really understanding).
For the rest of us rank-and-file, whether you live in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Cleveland, New York, Houston, Pittsburgh, Boston, Atlanta, or McGregor, Iowa I bet there's a map for a place you love and care about.