Hand-cut paper street maps of world cities

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4 Responses to “Hand-cut paper street maps of world cities”

  1. CliffStoll says:

    Reminds me of the beautiful Sanborn insurance maps – made for every city from the 1880′s through to the 1960′s. Extraordinarily rich in neighborhood detail: at a scale of 50 feet to an inch, every house shows up. Notes include comments on whether a machine shop has sprinklers, watchmen, or coal heat. A typical map was 3 x 2 feet and covered just a few blocks of a city.

    If your home was built before 1950, most likely it appears on a Sanborn map.

    The cool thing about the old Sanborn maps, however, is how they were updated … every few years, Sanborn would mail a set of patches to be pasted over a part of a map. So my city map has a dozen layers, with library paste holding them together. Like a kindergarten art album, except with colored block for buildings.

    For a sample, see:
    http://bl-libg-doghill.ads.iu.edu/gm-web/imdb/images/1883_bloomington_sanbornfire_1060.jpg

  2. Anonymous says:

    Her maps are beautiful. Given the amount of time and care taken on them, the price is very reasonable.

    I know I’m going to get blasted for this, but this is exactly the sort of product a laser or water cutter would work well for. Look for Chinese knockoffs to appear in urban counterfeiters next year…

  3. el_rey_misterioso says:

    I wonder who that is behind the paper cut?

  4. octopod says:

    re: blog coverage, think it was first on thejailbreak blog, there’s also an interview with her about the newer pen and paper paris there too.

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