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Any map addicts here?

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  • Started 5 years ago by sallyhinch
  • Latest reply from paulmilne

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  1. sallyhinch
    Member

    (maps are sort of GPSs right? I wasn't sure where this post should go)

    Spotted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZeroWasteShop/permalink/858073524348829/?sale_post_id=858073524348829

    For those not on FB it is from the Dunbar Zero Waste Shop:

    Our largest private client is Edinburgh University and we recently diverted 2.5tonnes of the geography department's maps from landfill. They're from all over the world and some date back to 1850.
    In the Musselburgh shop we show a couple of hundred maps a day. Today's offering has a lot of Borders and English maps, mostly 1920s-50s
    Given the political situation I particularly love this European Elections poster from 79.
    We will be showing 10,000 maps (and map chests) at the new Dunbar Shop (next to the factory shop) on Sunday 23rd July from midday. They will all be sold at £2 per map. Some are likely to be worth quite a lot of money. All are fascinating social documents.

    I would have thought this was worth an expedition. Jealous I can't go and nab some myself

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    I do like a map and cycling to Dunbar is good if wind not too strong. Bought OS map of Suffolk recently which I liked as had very little sea in it.

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  3. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @sallyhinch

    Map addict? I've just sent out runners to locate estate maps of Craiganour from the 1870s. I'm jonesing for the Blaeu atlas and currently off my face on the Roy military survey.

    Tell me what you're after and I'll see what I can do.

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  4. chdot
    Admin

    "recently diverted 2.5tonnes of the geography department's maps from landfill"

    Very glad to hear that.

    A few weeks ago I was fortunate to be invited to take some on what was said to be 'the last day before they are thrown out'. (Though there was some mention of giving them to a charity shop.)

    The collection had clearly had a good filleting and there were more maps on top of the cabinets than in them.

    Very fortunately I got a few from 1905 of areas I was interested in.

    I also got some very interesting ones of planned developments around Granton that I passed on to someone who was v interested!

    There were all sorts of curiousities that would interest the 'right' person.

    I assume anything of (financial) value had been picked before I got there.

    There were maps from various parts of the world as well as most parts of the UK.

    So if you want a large random map for framing or generally marvel at the skills of a passing era...

    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. This is good if you don't have the maps and a big table tae lay them out on

    http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#

    Posted 5 years ago #
  6. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    Thanks for the explanantion sallyhinch. I've been in and the map selection is really impressive. They all have the departmental stamp on them which is quite cool. I got one which shows a client's farm and the surrounding area in 1900 and a couple for myself.

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  7. sallyhinch
    Member

    I think people don't realise the depth of map fervour there is among some people. My husband's office were planning to pitch almost an entire set of the largest scale OS maps because 'nobody wanted them'. I mentioned this in passing to two or three people who practically bit my arm off in their eagerness. I imagine there will be a lot of paper maps looking for new homes as geographical information is now entirely digital.

    Perhaps a business opportunity for someone? I used to have note pads and envelopes someone was making out of obsolete maps but this was back in the last century ... I suppose notepads have gone the way of paper maps for everyday use these days.

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  8. gembo
    Member

    If leckies had not wound up their business they could have taken the 2.5 tonnes for nothing and put it in their huge Falkirk warehouse then sold the maps for a pound each

    There is an altura varium jacket I have and if I see someone else with it I will shout leckies.

    Slightly related. I do not think the clarion reply to shouts of Boots with the riposte Spurs anymore.

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  9. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    All the maps with covers are stamped. Here's the two I kept. The quarter inch series are really beautiful.

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  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    If anybody knows Paul Sandby, the father of English watercolour landscape painting, my favourite map fact is that he was one of the draftsmen on the 1755 Roy military map of Scotland.

    PS I just spotted a grotesque error in that map.

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  11. fimm
    Member

    I have attempted to alert my father to this. He likes maps (and my parents have recently moved to Dunbar).
    Dad collects OS 1 inch to 1 mile 7th (I think it is 7th) series printed on cloth. He also has a lot of OS 1:50 000 - I'd guess well over 100, but not the whole country as he tends to buy them of places he goes to. (He might have the whole of Scotland, though.)

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  12. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    I just spotted a grotesque error in that map

    Should it read "The University of Edinburgh?

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  13. kaputnik
    Moderator

    I have been fortunate to inherit some of the excess spoils of chdot's visit to the map mountain.

    I've passed some on to new homes where the map is of some significance, e.g. their house or where they grew up on is on it. I'll be framing a few for our own flat and keeping a few to oggle now and again. There are some beauties of minimalism where you get the whole big sheet with maybe 2 or 3 inches square of detail and the rest is blank.

    A few more may be of some interest to local library/historians and I will try find homes for them too.

    If anyone has a friend/relative who might appreciate some original old O/S maps let me know you would be welcome to something for a good home.

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  14. chdot
    Admin

    "Should it read "The University of Edinburgh?"

    No, that's just the post-modern rebranding!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  15. cb
    Member

    Free maps for Foula residents.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40606904

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  16. chdot
    Admin

    Nice bit of PR for one of its services -

    "

    OS said that about 111.5 million sq km of Custom Made maps have been ordered and printed through its online service.

    "

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  17. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Tomorrow from 12pm, till 5pm on Monday. First of three sales, apparently.

    Here:
    OpenCycleMap
    Streetview

    Posted 5 years ago #
  18. wee folding bike
    Member

    Just put the digital version of the Isle of Wight OS Explorer map on my phone. The paper map comes with a code for the digital one. I will of course be taking the paper one and a compass with me anyway.

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  19. crowriver
    Member

    "There is an altura varium jacket I have and if I see someone else with it I will shout leckies."

    Ha! Yeah me too...

    Posted 5 years ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    @crowriver RRP £129 Leckies Price £39. Or something like that. Works best when cold and wet. Did not really use it last winter, not wet enough or not cold enough?

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  21. crowriver
    Member

    Yep, I took advantage of that deal. About 4 years ago? Very handy on dreich Scottish rides when temperature in single figures (centigrade).

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  22. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Got me some cartographic dope. Place had been well sucked dry of highland stuff, but madame got a targeting map of central Germany from 1943 and a crazy French atlas of happy colonies.

    I was tempted to buy the best thing there - small scale map of the Namibian desert that was just a buff sheet of paper.

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  23. HankChief
    Member

    I was tempted to buy the best thing there - small scale map of the Namibian desert that was just a buff sheet of paper.

    I once bought one of those ordinance survey jigsaws as a gift, with it centred on their remote house.

    It was terribly difficult complete due to a lack of features - had to match contour lines of open moorland again & again...

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  24. jonty
    Member

    Did anyone go? How was it? Worth going to the next one?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  25. chdot
    Admin

  26. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Worth going to the next one?

    Just been looking on the FB site. It sounds as though maps are still available over yonder Dunbar shop.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  27. unhurt
    Member

    Not maps but probably in the wheelhouse of map enthusiasts: would anyone like these two aerial photography publications (can hand over at a PY or something)?

    Scotland from the Air 1939-49 Volume 1 Catalogue of the Luftwaffe photographs in the National Monuments Record of Scotland (also online here as a pdf)

    Scotland from the Air 1939-49 Volume 3 Catalogue of Royal Air Force Oblique Aerial Photographs 1945-9 held in the Collections of RCAHMS

    Posted 4 years ago #
  28. paulmilne
    Member

    Yep, I was in last weekend to the Dunbar shop and can confirm a very large map chest and still hundreds of maps. I found a set of Mexican government maps, equivalent of OS I'd imagine, that I didn't have the funds for at the moment so they're still hidden away in the bottom of one of the drawers. Post World War II maps of Germany anyone? Still hundreds of fascinating social history there.

    Posted 4 years ago #

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