“Oh, you’re a map printer, I’m so sorry!”
That’s the kind of response I frequently hear when I tell people what I do. They see all the GPS and cell phone map apps and think only of road maps that they don’t know how to read.
Well there are a lot of other kinds of maps out there to print, besides road maps. Here are a few, click on the tiles below to see the larger image and a little bit about them.
Copyright © 1977 by the Adirondack Mountain Club, All rights Reserved. Seventh printing, revised to July 1980.
From: TOPOGRAPHIC MAP OF CARROL COUNTY
Publisher: MARYLAND GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
From: NATURAL VEGETATION OF CALIFORNIA
Publisher: DR. A. W. KUCHLER UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
From: SOIL LANDSCAPES AND GEOMORPHIC REGIONS-BEMIDJI SHEET
Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE
OIL AND GAS MAP
From: OIL AND GAS MAP OF WEST VIRGINIA
Publisher: WEST VIRGINIA GEOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC SURVEY
From: GUIDE TO CRUISING MARYLAND WATERS
Publisher: MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
From GEOLOGIC MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA
Publisher: PENNSYLVANIA GEOLOGIC SURVEY
From: REGIONAL, RESIDUAL, AND DERIVATIVE GRAVITY MAP OF NEVADA
Publisher: NEVADA BUREAU OF MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES
From: MARYLAND STATE HIGHWAY MAP
Publisher: MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
From: LANDSAT MAP OF NEPAL
Publisher: WORLD BANK AND NEPAL MINISTRY OF FOREST AND SOIL CONSERVATION
From: METALLOGENIC MAP OF DURANGO
Publisher: MINERAL RESOURCES COUNCIL, STATE OF DURANGO, MEXICO
NATIONAL PARKS MAP
Publisher: U. S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
From: JOE POOL LAKE
Publisher: LAKE PRODUCTS
From: ARKANSAS AERONAUTICAL CHART
Publisher: ARKANSAS DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS
COUNTY HIGHWAY MAP
From: GENERAL HIGHWAY COUNTY MAPS
Publisher: WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS
From: CITY MAP OF CINCINNATI
Publisher: UNIVERSAL MAP ENTERPRISES/SPECTRUM MAP PUBLISHING
FOREST VISITORS MAP
From; BITTERROOT NATIONAL FOREST
Courtesy of the FOREST SERVICE, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
From: BATHYMETRY OF THE ARCTIC OCEAN
Publisher: THE NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY, GEOLOGIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Williams & Heintz prints many different kinds of maps and charts
Here’s another thing, all those different kinds of maps were printed over 30 years ago, made by hand, with cameras and film. I scanned them off an old Williams & Heintz marketing piece; so old it doesn’t even have anything about a web site or email contact.
Just think what we can do now with computers, the internet, available data, and digital mapping tools! (more about that in a later post)
All these new tools make cartography and map making more available, to many more people, to publish more maps.
And some of these great maps even make it to print on paper.
When you want to see the big picture, nothing beats a big map on a big piece of paper.
It’s a great time to be a map printer!
More about map printing paper specifications
Determining the size of your map
Choosing Ink Colors
Communicating with your printer for best map design
Map finishing and folding