Consider me running full speed ahead to jump on that band wagon. that’s right. I love me some maps. And I don’t care how trendy it is – I wanna big ole fatty map. I love em so much that I am willing to actually strap on my kicks (after blowing the inch of dust off them of course) and breaking a sweat for a good one. So when I saw this vintage roll down school map of the USA and Mexico while perusing ebay….I broke out the debit card and made it my personal mission to win at any cost.
$27.55 cents later (and one killer bidding war – ok ok so 11 bids is not killer but I am fairly certain I almost had a heart attack at the last moment when I was fifty cents down…so yes, I almost died) I was the proud new winner of the bid for this beauty.
I had certain criteria for my first big map – it had to be big (which I could see by the photo of the guy holding it up that it was indeed large) and I wanted something with more muted colors (lots of them looked a little more childrens-playroom to me vs vintage collector map) so this one really fit the bill with it’s less-is-more color scheme. Plus, I googled the tar outta the name Kuhnert Relief-Like Series and learned that this map was probably designed sometime between 1910 and 1930. (although revisions were likely made during that time)
And I certainly had the perfect place for it in my mind – our giant blank wall that is more awkward than a grandpa picking out training bras.
At first that spot stayed blank – and then at one point we added a shelf and a canvas (also blank but I feel like at least we were getting a feel for something being present there).
That canvas turned into my jellyfish art piece (that now lives in my office)…
And once I was back to square one…err two?…with the shelf alone, I decided to just hang random baskets and frames up.
I liked the idea in theory but it was really odd seeing as how the art was incomplete (aka non-existent) and the whole thing felt ungrounded.
Soooo winning this map meant that I had one GIANT piece of artwork that was ready to go.
Funny tidbit – notice the shipping states $15…it was actually $28.50…which meant that I paid more for the Postman to bring it than for the map itself. BUT it was well worth it because it actually came with the original hardware – the giant dowel rod with the seal of authenticity and the metal bracket that is used to hang it. So I figure that the extra moolah was well worth it in the long run.
Oh and did I mention that the thing was actually a printed map on paper that then was adhered to linen like canvas? So cool.
Jeremy helped me hang with since ladders and I have serious issues. as in, I don’t believe in them.
We simply took a bit of clothesline we had lying around in the basement and tied it to both ends of the hardware to hang it. Then we put in a little Walldog screw on each side through the mounting bracket to secure it to the wall.
I feel so cool now. Kinda like the time my mom bought me actual Keds in elementary school…the ones with the little blue square on the back of the heel vs. the cheapo discount blue-squareless-versions that I always had. Or like when I finally got a Jansport backpack…or those pink and white tie dyed parachute pants…I wish I was kidding right now.
Oh and here’s another fun tidbit – we analyzed the map for clues of it’s date….and it shows cities over 1 million and cities under 1 million and there were only 6 in the entire US that had reached the 1,000,000 mark. So armed with that data, we found that this map was originally made in 1910 and used for schools in the 1930s…I love random historical items like that.
I slid the ottomans beneath it to take the place of future console tables (they will be much longer and taller and hopefully provide a bunch more toy storage!) but for now I am loving the look.
And yes, I moved the couch back to in front of the tv. I confess….I am a chronic furniture mover. I think we just came to the conclusion that we will save some more money to buy the right couch for this space. Having a room that is so long and with a mounted tv so high, we absolutely need to utilize this area the right way for us….and this particular couch being there….well, it restricts us. And it makes a big room feel cramped. So for now, we will watch our tv in comfort and then later we’ll pull that couch trigger. Hopefully something big and leather and begs for kanoodling.
Have y’all jumped on the map bandwagon with me yet?
No? Well you should – the ride isn’t bumpy at all – it’s actually quite scenic 🙂