Friday, July 25, 2014

Vintage School Atlas, School and Library Publishing Company, 1967

My favorite map in the atlas

Maybe by looking at this map, you can understand the gravitational pull that we who live in the upper midwest feel from the [huge] Great Lakes. The red dot roughly represents our neck of the woods. NW Wisconsin is called the 'Indianhead' region. Do you see the profile? Actually, I think it looks more like my Grandpa Nelson, but the 'Nelsonhead' region doesn't have the same ring, I guess.




I purchased this vintage school atlas at an auction some years back. I think it was at the same time that I made a haul on other maps as well, including the set of pull-down world history maps, pull-down map of North America, pull-down map of the United States, and various other maps after I was the high bid at $18. I paid that price for the set of world history maps, but because I had the high bid, I was able to get the others for a few dollars each. Evidently few others saw any value in 'old' history maps. I mean, really. World history maps? Unless you're in the business of changing history, I don't think they're going to go out of date. I know that at some point I will need to de-clutter our house even of old maps, but that drastic step won't be occurring for a while. My Big Red Box full of National Geographic maps is safe for now too. (This does not apply to a recent phone conversation, btw.) (Sorry, inside story)





Below are some special pages the publisher threw in for fun and education.






Country maps look like this:






State maps are a solid pale yellow.

And I know those of you who mail packages regularly will love the following charts!





Wouldn't you love to see postal rates like that again!

It looks like we could get rain at any minute, and are expecting temps in the mid 70s. Perfect weather, and I won't have to water the raspberries. It's a good day to clean another closet - or maybe make a batch of soap or read or drag out my old piano books or make a list - or all of the above.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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41 comments:

Paulette said...

What an interesting post, it's funny when I was in school I had no interest looking at the pull down maps, now I could sit and look for hours. Have a good day whatever you decided to do.

Empty Nester said...

I have about a million, or is it a gazillion, National Geographic maps. When I homeschooled the two youngest lovelies for three years, we poured over those maps and had wonderful conversations and would challenge each other about the current status which led to research. It was great. The man loves nautical maps. He's got tons of those. I totally agree with you that maps are great!

Empty Nester said...

Oh,and I'm totally jealous of that marvelous weather you're having. Our heat is oppressive that I have zero motivation. ZERO.

Buttons said...

Oh how wonderful when I did my book purge not one atlas was going anywhere. I love them too. I am on Lake Ontario so we are almost neighbours. Hug B

Sandra said...

I would never have thought about collecting maps or even just looking at them except when traveling.. 4, 5, 6, 7 are beautiful and would be great on a wall... very interesting now that i see them all...
my collector gene did not come through from my mother. Daddy had the same gene, but his was tools .. i am now wondering what the word is for someone who doesn't collect or keep anything at all that has no use.. i am really wondering if anyone knows. i just came from searching google for the answer, due to an email conversation yesterday with my friend about her daughter in law keeping everything...i am her opposite so what is that called

Susie said...

I love that school atlas. Wonderful map colors. Oh yes, I would love to see postage that cheap. LOL. xoxo, Susie

Diane said...

Those pull-down maps fetch a pretty penny today-- you really got a steal! Hadn't heard of Indianhead before-- interesting.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Judy! We are "neighbors" as I live in Minneapolis! The only spot in Wisconsin I've been to is Lake Geneva, but what I did see was fantastic. Oh those vintage maps are chock-full of poetry. The idea of what our perspective was like back then, the colorful interpretations of each state, so charming! These take me back to my school days in the old brick building in the middle of Los Angeles...

Thank you so much for coming to visit my post! And your homemade soaps look wonderful! Anita

TexWisGirl said...

wasn't familiar with the indian head region but, yes, surely looks like one! nice to know where you are! i like the old maps you shared, too.

Cheryl said...

Okay, I am totally drooling over your maps!!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love old maps and you have some beauties. I remember the pull down ones in the classrooms of elementary and high school days. How times have changed. I'm ashamed to admit that I had no idea that is where Wisconsin is located. lol I thought it was farther south so I guess I'd better get studying my US map and see just where my blogging buddies live. I know most of the states and their locations but the mid-west ones get me messed up. We used to study and memorize the states and their capitals in school. Guess I'm getting forgetful. Enjoy the weekend.

Nancy Jo said...


Hi Judy,
Thank you for stopping by my blog, always fun to see a new name.
Beautiful map pictures, I love old paper things. And what a lovely family you have I saw the picture of all of you.
Nancy Jo

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Hey - that was fascinating. Nice to know where you are; I confess my knowledge of the geography of the USA is a little flaky. Of course, we like those old maps where most of the world is pink...much amused to see the naughty rebe;s so much BIGGER than the nasty red coats! I've hung onto an old motoring atlas - shows places before any motorways were built; how DID we get by? Have a really great weekend. Hot (about 27C) over here.

20 North Ora said...

What an interesting buy you made several years ago. I love the one that is History of the USA. I imagine you could sit and look at those and spend a lot of time finding interesting facts.

Thanks for sharing.

Judy

Mama Hen said...

I just love this post! We love maps and studying history. My daughter has a few huge maps in her playroom and we refer to them all the time. This summer she did a geography drawing camp and drew some maps. I love the map of the Great Lakes. I have not been to any of them yet, but would love to take my daughter. Have a wonderful day!

Mama Hen

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Judy,
I'm gonna agree it looks more like your grandpa. Even though I have never met him.
Your post took me down Memory Lane. We had pull down maps in school.
We're having a fab weather day here, too. But tomorrow back to 90 and humid. Enjoy this while it lasts. Ray and Josephine and I sat out in the grass for an hour and talked.
Now time to do something productive. Well, more Obviously Productive.
:) from M & jb

corners of my life said...

I would put my "red dot" on your Great Lakes map just to the south of Lake Ontario . . .

camp and cottage living said...

I think I could be refreshed on my geography and history with your maps.
I hope you never get rid of them, they are such treasure, Judy!
Roll them up and put them in a tall basket in a corner, then they'll be decorative as well.

Shelia said...

These olden maps are just wonderful! Such time and artwork. They certainly don't make them like this any more. Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love old maps! I look up towns and countries all the time online. I like knowing where places are in the news...or even in the books I read. You have some wonderful maps my friend! Is fairy land on there somewhere? teehee! Hugs, Diane

Nancy Shuman said...

Great maps! And I must be quite the old-timer, because I can remember my mother complaining that it cost a nickel to mail a letter.

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon, very nice, love the old maps, so much fun, Blessings Francine.

Mama Zen said...

I love old maps!

podso said...

Very cool maps. I remember the sound as the teacher pulled down a rolled map on the wall and then pointed at it (another sound there) with her wood stick with the black rubber pointed tip. I find maps fascinating and enjoyed looking at yours. Have a good weekend and enjoy the cool weather.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

shipping anything is EXPENsive these days!! Ugh.

Vintage....1967....whoa, I must be ancient then. Dear me.

Yes, I see the profile....just to the left of the red dot?

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i would love stamp prices again. that would be great. i think a lot of folks would mail more items. that would be such a plus ... i think??! ( :

i love old maps.

Terri D. said...

I love the colorful maps!! Very artsy, actually. Postage rates - amazing. You turn a rainy day into a productive one. I turn a rainy day into a lazy one. Sigh.

Wishing you a good weekend, too!

Donna said...

Those old maps are so cool! I would have purchased them too!

Happy@Home said...

Thanks so much for your visit today and the encouragement on moving our business into our home. It's so good to know that others have done it and all worked out for the best. I think in the long run we will say this too, but right now it seems a bit overwhelming.
Your Michigan/Wisconsin map warmed my heart immediately. It's my home state Michigan) and even though I am now in NC, it will always be home to me.

Jen Vandervoort said...

It is fun to see those old maps...now maybe I'm dating myself but I remember them from my school years.

Fun to see who things were portrayed back then.

Jen

bj said...

These are all so awesome. I love those old pull down maps.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love old maps, the vivid colours and the tick paper... But really, you had me dreaming about the post office rates... But I bet, even at that time, they were more expensive in France!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I love old maps- older than these. My favorite are the ones from the early to mid 1800's that show all the old trails.

Donna at Donna's New Day said...

I loved looking through atlases as a kid in the 60s.

Vee said...

Do you use them in decor? My favorite find of the past few years was a map of my town when my street was open pastures. Very cool.

My grands would love the colorful maps with all the interesting US history facts. You've got a treasure trove there!

Ruth Kelly said...

You have some wonderful maps. I must say that maps are one of my very favorite items that I study - when planning trips, doing genealogy and I love all those old maps with the drawings on them.

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Debbie said...

oh i really enjoyed seeing all the old maps, they are pretty and so colorful!!!

Amy Burzese said...

We love maps. You made a wise purchase. I have a school pull down of North America and love it. I'm glad I got it when I did. They are a decorating trend now, therefore very expensive.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Love the "just for fun" map. Great illustrations and colors.

fivepaintedlane.com said...

5 cent stamps. haha :) These maps are charming. I love maps too! But the older ones are colorful and that vintage look almost cartoonish ones are the ones I love. It is fun to look through these.

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