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What I Need to Know About Copies of Old Maps and Reproductions of Antique Maps

December 30, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 152

If you like old maps then you need to you learn about antique map reproductions. Reproductions of old maps have become very popular. They can be seen copied onto fabrics for pillows, coffee mugs, calendars and even boxer shorts. We will concern ourselves with the reproductions of old maps on paper.

The high price of genuine antique maps has led many stores to offer cheaper copies of old maps. These copies have no collectable value in them and will probably not gain any value even in a hundred years when they themselves become antiques. As things stand now, a hundred year old reproduction of a map is hardly worth anything today.

Maps that have monetary value to them are the old original ones. They are the maps that people centuries ago had held in their hands to plan the discovery and exploration of new lands. People prefer to own a map that has the railroads on it as the railroads were being built or has the US Indian tribes before the tribes were sent to reservations. These original documents are rare because so few of them have survived. Think about all the road maps that have been thrown away and how valuable the ones that will survive will be in 200 years. A reproduction of an old map does not have the historical feel and energy that the old one does.

You might say that the reproduction does not spark the imagination, but can look nice on your wall. This is a valid point unless you look a bit closer. When you look up close at your reproduction can you read the towns, rivers and mountain ranges? Is it a bit blurry? There is a good chance your map reproduction was blown up in size from the original and much detail was lost in the enlargement. If you look a bit closer you may even see the bad color printing.

Still you may think that a reproduction map is cheaper than an original antique map. It can still be an over-priced copy when you start to consider how easy it is to copy a map. A very high quality copy should not cost you more than 20 dollars for a medium size map. Anything more is over priced. The cost of framing can often negate the savings of buying a copy. It is not rare to see reproductions of maps sold for more than the original. It is certainly worth investigating the price difference between a copy of an antique map and an original antique map. is your online art, map and print store in which you can:

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