/r/oldmaps

Photograph via snooOG

Beautiful and illuminating maps from around the world, from the oldest examples known to those created around 1950.

Welcome!

We're interested in sharing interesting, beautiful or informative examples of the cartographer's trade, from their emergence in the ancient Near East up to a somewhat arbitrary end-date of 1950 A.D.

We'll happily accept historical maps! If you're posting a map, please provide a description and date in the title.


Related Subreddits

r/Maps - If you're interested in maps and cartography generally (or modern maps specifically).

r/MapPorn - For gorgeous wallpaper-size maps of all descriptions.

r/Geography - If you're curious about the geography that informed historic mapmapkers.

r/ArtHistory - For background on the artistic styles that influenced mapmakers through history.

r/History and r/MedievalHistory - For historical background.

r/MapMaking - If you're getting the feeling you'd like to try your hand at cartography.

r/Vexillology - If you're interested in more ways people symbolically stake out territory. For everything you need to know about flags.

r/ImaginaryMaps - For maps from fictional stories, books, films, television programs, video games, and comics.

r/WorldBuilding - For sharing your worlds and discussing the many aspects of creating new universes.

r/OldNews - For news that isn't new. News from history, news from the past.

r/Gis - For the technical side of cartography and geography.

r/PaperTowns - For well-crafted pictorial maps, detailed panoramic cityscapes, broad aerial vistas, intricate bird's-eye views and even full 3D reconstructions.


We were trending on 12/15/15!

/r/oldmaps

44,071 Subscribers

11

Maryland map showing "all phases of Horse Activity", 1941

2 Comments
2024/04/21
17:03 UTC

33

Manhattan Staten Island Long Is/and New Jersey etc. in 1777 (reprinted 1864)

1 Comment
2024/04/21
03:09 UTC

9

Russian Empire in the 18th Century (European part) [vintage school map in 🇷🇺]

0 Comments
2024/04/18
13:06 UTC

17

Middle East Ethnic Map 1910

1 Comment
2024/04/17
20:20 UTC

41

Found this map in the dentist office.

Not sure of the date, challenging myself to figure it out.

2 Comments
2024/04/15
19:29 UTC

64

The "Meldeman-Plan" -- a circular map, illustrating the 1529 Ottoman siege of Vienna. Published by printer Niklas Meldeman in 1530, its anonymous artist supposedly drew this panorama whilst perched atop St. Stephen's Cathedral (pictured in centre) to document the siege around him. My favourite map.

4 Comments
2024/04/09
03:26 UTC

44

New Holland [1802]

1 Comment
2024/04/08
23:13 UTC

6

1878 map of Montana [7813 x 5200]

1 Comment
2024/04/06
03:25 UTC

35

Dublin 1922 Map [3976 × 3000]

0 Comments
2024/04/04
22:37 UTC

38

1890s map of Papua New Guinea [8836 x 7461]

2 Comments
2024/03/26
20:47 UTC

24

1645 Blaeu map of Cyprus [9758 x 7334]

1 Comment
2024/03/24
02:39 UTC

15

Arthur, Earl of Donegal, Viscount Chichester of Carrickfergus, Baron of Belfast - He had his barony of Inishowen in County Donegal registered in 1661 [6509 x 4962]

0 Comments
2024/03/20
02:49 UTC

44

Map of the United States with territorial growth up to 1853. Color lithography

2 Comments
2024/03/16
17:20 UTC

37

1623 map of Iceland [7546 x 4953]

3 Comments
2024/03/16
07:31 UTC

18

Ryūsen Ishikawa - Outline Map of our Country (1689)[10,000 x 4,503]

0 Comments
2024/03/12
03:35 UTC

18

1807 map of the Eastern Hemisphere [2224 x 2499]

4 Comments
2024/03/11
05:38 UTC

35

1896 map of the western part of Long Island [9834 x 10145]

2 Comments
2024/02/26
18:16 UTC

25

Balkan map around 1940-1941

1 Comment
2024/02/25
10:21 UTC

33

My map of Manhattan made in 1864

I recently purchased this 1864 map of Manhattan and it’s now my new favorite map in my collection

5 Comments
2024/02/23
04:08 UTC

32

Map from 1893 showing how the bible describes Earth as square and stationary. Made by Prof. Orlando Ferguson from South Dakota. *Read the bottom of the map for scripture references.

7 Comments
2024/02/20
02:09 UTC

33

1590s map of the Americas [5467 x 4047]

2 Comments
2024/02/07
22:43 UTC

39

Balloon view, Provincetown to Boston (1879) [5534 x 3416]

0 Comments
2024/02/06
11:06 UTC

29

1894 landform map of Colorado [7273 x 5201]

1 Comment
2024/02/03
20:33 UTC

27

Ottoman Map of the Balkans and Asia Minor (1803) [10871 x 6864]

0 Comments
2024/01/31
21:25 UTC

Back To Top