A Historic Map Time Machine

120 of the world's most interesting old maps, handpicked by expert David Rumsey.

Have some time to kill before checking into your next (defunct) favorite old bar on PastMapper? David Rumsey Map Collection features 120 of the world's coolest old maps from 1680 to 1930 and overlays them on Google Earth — adding functionality that goes way beyond a simple image scan. You can go back to a time when, Manhattan was filled with stables and asylums, not condos and Shake Shacks.

Source: rumsey.geogarage.com

Source: rumsey.geogarage.com

Or visit San Francisco, circa 1915, when Fisherman's Wharf wasn't such a nightmare. And check out the nice detail you get when zooming.

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