Collection by Aaron Britt

Bedrock Images's Forgotten Maps


For the architecturally inclined—especially those with a mess of wall space—little enlivens the living room like a gigantic map. Though hip apartments the nation over are festooned with graphic prints of Brooklyn neighborhoods, diagrams of the London Underground, and the like, to get a real dose of architectural bravado in your residence, consider one of the massive archival maps from Bedrock Images. Printed on cloth, fine paper, or glossy photographic paper, these images from Rome, New York, Paris, Washington D.C., or Beijing range in size from merely impressive to room-transformingly massive. Have a look at the slideshow that follows to get a feel for Bedrock's products.

Here's an in situ shot of a map for Washington D.C. by John L. Trout from 1901.
Bedrock also sells much smaller details of the maps they carry. This one is from the D.C. map and shows the Capitol.
This map of Rome—easily the most realistic of those Bedrock offers—is from 1765 and shows Giuseppe Vasi's considerable...
To get a sense of just how massive these maps can be, Bedrock staged this photo outdoors in Paris.
A smaller version offers far more specificity of detail, something draftsman Will Taylor doesn't skimp on.
For something that has the feel of an illustration, and a good does of color, try this map of Beijing from 1890.
Here's an example of the kind of neighborhood detail—in this case, Paris's Latin Quarter—that Bedrock offers.
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