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July 19, 2019
If you’re a bit like us, you can spend hours looking at the old cards. The plan of streets of a city that you know well to maps of countries, dating back from previous centuries, it is fascinating to see what it was like in your street or how the boundaries have evolved over time.
Hang a reproduction of old map at home and you are sure to be a topic of conversation and found a nice piece of decoration. You can buy a ready-made, but if you have something specific in mind, why not simply add an image to one of our canvases or one of our products of Wall decorations. If you know where to look, there are so many free maps available on the Internet…
Where to find old maps online
Most of the modern maps, images and artwork are protected by copyright, that is to say, they may not be used for commercial purposes without permission. For example, the london underground map belongs to the Transport for London (the English equivalent of the Ratp) and some have had trouble with the law for having adapted and published their own version of the map. One should never use the work done by living artists without paying for it, not only because their art is protected by copyright law, and especially because it is their livelihood !
This is why we love the site Mapsland, which offers cards, vintage royalty-free, from different countries and regions, free download. We particularly like this map of the Xvii century surrounded by stunning illustrations, where we can see that North America and Australia were still unknown to europeans.
Pixabay has all sorts of copyright-free images, photographs, illustrations, and of course the old maps ! Here’s another wonderful map of the Seventeenth century that the author had very modestly entitled ” A new chart of the world “. We could spend hours trying to find what the cartographers were unaware.
We can jump to the end of the Nineteenth century with this map of Europe from Mapsland. One distinguishes the austro-Hungarian Empire at its peak, the new German Empire ; at that time, Finland was still part of Russia, and Ireland from England.
In France, the works fall into the public domain 70 years after the death of their author. The national Library of France launched in 1997, its digital library, Gallica, where one can find all types of documents – in very good-definition – royalty free and free to download (of course if it is use for personal and non-commercial). This is perfect if you want to find a bit of Paris or any city in your living room !
How to print images of old maps on a Canvas Photobox
You must first make sure that the quality of the image that you have found is sufficient to be printed. As a general rule, the larger the file size is large, the better the resolution, and Photobox will tell you if the printing of your photo is going to be quality (or not) using a smiley happy or not happy in his creative studio.
Another general recommendation : the larger the size of your canvas, the greater the resolution should be (and file size too, so). Low resolution images may look grainy and pixelated when they are enlarged, and we don’t want it for your cards.
The image should be a JPEG format. Some maps are downloadable in PDF, but unfortunately this format is not supported by our editor ! You can convert other types of image format such as PNG or TIFF files by clicking on “save as” and selecting the JPEG format in most editing software or photo editing.