Greatest map of the U.S.


20 Responses to “Greatest map of the U.S.”

  1. And how much would it be to get this as my wallpaper in my living room?

    • coryf says:

       $40 per 50″x35.5″ chunk.

      • Rick Berry says:

        That’s $39.95 for a _laminated_ map. You can get ten-packs of folded, unlaminated maps for $77.70, 0r $7.77 each. That’s probably cheaper than some high-end wallpaper :) You could probably work a deal for a higher quantity bulk order; just ask :)
        I’ve always wanted to wallpaper a room with maps from my National Geographic collection that dates back to the ’50s. Now that we have online maps and map collections like the Perry-Castañeda Map Collection at the University of Texas I don’t mind “destroying” those old maps so much anymore to use them in such a way.

  2. scifijazznik says:

    I absolutely hate maps that are done in pink, blue, yellow, and green pastel shades.  Imus’ map is really lovely and easy on the eyes.  The only downside I can see is I’d have a hard time bringing myself to stick a pin in it…

    • RJ says:

      Poster shops or art supply houses usually offer humongous frames on the cheap. I ordered one of Imus’ laminated maps, and that’s what I’m going to do to avoid sticking pins in it.

      -edit- Almost forgot: you can also check out discount stores where they sell those pre-fab artworks fairly cheap. Buy a suitably-sized picture, lose the artwork and replace it with your map. It beats paying $100+ for a custom frame.

  3. Adrian Jone says:

    So eons are shorter than two years?

  4. glassbeat says:

    I just bought one from his website after seeing this and reading the article. Will make an awesome belated-Christmas present! :)

  5. An Aeon is an eternity, but I guess ‘forever’ can be subjective?

    Replies don’t seem to be working, that was at glassbeat.

  6. silkox says:

    Mount on sheet metal and use map magnets. I got mine at the Rand McNally Map Store in SF a long time ago. Don’t know if they still carry them, but surely someone still makes them.

  7. silkox says:

    That was meant as a reply to scifijazznik, of course.

  8. shinumo says:

    Yet. No typographers’ apostrophes. Sad.

  9. brillow says:

    aaaaand its out of date!

  10. jimbuck says:

    I like that it shows tunnels.  Look in PA and you’ll a circle with a T in it … Tunnel!

  11. Chrs says:


    “Yet, barring a miracle, this opus will barely be seen. Specialty map shops are disappearing. Bookstore chains tend to carry only the major map brands. And even if they were somehow made aware of Imus’ marvelous creation, most school systems can’t afford or can’t be bothered to update their classroom maps. A map is a map, right? That circa 1982 Rand McNally wall blob does the job just fine, the thinking goes.”

    This is damn near exactly what the internet is for, and the writer knows it.  It’s why he wrote about it.  The fact that schoolchildren won’t see it is a little sad, but it will get seen. 

  12. Listener43 says:

    I prefer the dymaxion projection to an unfolded icosahedron.
    Perhaps that’s the real source of the extraterrestrial icosahedral crystals found in Russia?

  13. Archie1954 says:

    It looks wonderful but the size used as an illustration for the article seems to show it as having confiscated Vancouver, BC. Or is that just my wishful thinking?

  14. jetfx says:

    When I was school for cartography, they made us do all the text placement by hand, so you learn how to do it properly. Sure it’s tedious, but automated text placement just doesn’t cut it.

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