Vintage map [sold]

Vintage Australian school mapStyling a vintage map

I love the synchronicity of the colours and the vintages of these three things. Map, scales, vase.

Shape, form and function are totally disparate, but the colours echo other and the three work really well as an ensemble. The map is for sale but the Salter scale and the Pates vase are part of my permanent collection.

Vintage maps are very collectible. They lend a nostalgic, quasi-educational, kitschy quality to any space. Sort of like wallpaper- but wallpaper you can move. This one is from the 40s and is a little bit un-PC [which of course, adds to its desirability.] It’s #119 ‘North America, Physical and Production Map’ and it came from an old school, and is very old school. It has a beaver in the legend to indicate areas of fur production. Under industries, it lists asbestos. Very, very old school!

This map was printed by John Sands, published by a certain Chas. H. Scally & Co, in Boronia Avenue, Wollstonecraft, NSW, Sydney. The map is in excellent condition. The colours, the beavers, the asbestos symbol [a graphic of a heap of the raw product! what were they thinking?] all in their original technicolor glory.

The map is for sale: $AUD250

5 thoughts on “Vintage map [sold]

  1. How charming! IT is indeed old school and does create a very pleasing display with the scales and vase. Great styling. It’s ‘un-pc-ness’ certainly adds to it’s appeal and is quite a talking point!

  2. I do love old maps! When we were kids my dad put up a world map so we could follow my grandparents Europe vacation by the postcards they sent.
    He covered it in plastic so we could draw a pen line from city to city marking their route. My grandparents sent different postcards to each of us kids and it was much excitement when one arrived – I still love the rare occasion a postcard arrives from someone – a Facebook post doesn’t convey the romance of travel in quite the same way!

    • what a lovely memory – and a great use of a map! i remember maps from school days when they sat at the top of the blackboard, to be unfurled when the teacher wanted to talk geography. even then, to my primary school eyes the maps looked hopelessly old fashioned and kitschy. now i love hopelessly old fashioned and kitschy!

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