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I love reading about maps in the news, especially printed maps. So, I was pleased to see this article in the Star Tribune about Tom Hedberg: Who needs GPS and Google? Minneapolis map publisher is ‘master of cartography’.
s article starts out with a great example of Tom Hedberg’s creative and useful maps.
Sure, your phone is a great navigation tool.
But can it show you all of the dog-friendly breweries in the Twin Cities? The location, times and what’s playing for the Music & Movies program in Minneapolis parks? Or display at a glance where every college, minor-league ballpark or airport in the country is located?
You can have that information at your fingertips thanks to a Minneapolis man named Tom Hedberg.At a time when we increasingly rely on GPS to tell us our place in the world, Hedberg is still doing navigation the old-fashioned way — making maps, not apps.
Maps, as you may recall, are big pieces of paper, often folded in a complicated accordion pattern, that everyone used to keep in the glove boxes of their car.
Earlier this year, Williams & Heintz Map won a Q Award from the Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic, (PGAMA) for printing one of Hedberg Maps. The American Higher Education Map shows the location of every university and college in the country.
The Star Tribune article includes a quote from Sue Luse, an Eagan-based consultant to students planning college applications.
“I haven’t found anything else like it online, I give them to every single one of my clients.”
Thank you Tom Hedberg, for choosing Williams & Heintz to print your maps so that we can win prizes! Definitely read the article if you are into maps. It go into detail about the changing business of maps, as GPS and google grab up market share. Like me,
Hedberg is optimistic. He likens his maps to LP records, saying they won’t completely disappear because they’ll always appeal to a niche audience.
That’s partly because paper maps won’t break or run out of batteries. They can unfold to a view of the world more expansive than the screen of even the largest cellphone.
“Paper is a really good hard-copy backup,” said Andy Mickel, a Minneapolis software developer who buys Hedberg paper maps and atlases. “Sometimes it’s good to stare at the big picture.”
Williams & Heintz Map Corporation announced it was removing the seemingly superfluous “s” from its name, thereby becoming “William Heintz Map”. It admitted that it had long been fighting a “losing battle” against people who didn’t understand why the extra ‘s’ was there, and it had finally decided to “give up”. The ampersand was also removed because so many people thought that the company was just named after the past President, William Heintz.
The map printer acquired its name when they moved to 8119 Central Ave. in Capitol Heights, Maryland and incorporated on July 1, 1959 as Williams & Heintz Map Corporation. However, evidence suggested that Mr Williams left the business sometime in the 1940s. The current owners if this family business are are 4th generation and never met Mr. Williams.
Much of this article was shamelessly copied from an earlier article.
- In 1921, the Williams-Webb Company, Inc. was incorporated in Washington, D. C. The Corporation’s main office was located at 1702-1704 “F” Street, N. W.
- The Williams-Webb Co. Inc. Changed its name to Williams & Heintz Co. Inc. in 1927.
- From 1930 to 1958: W & H located at 220 Eye St., NE, Washington D.C., near Union Station.
- The company changed its name to the Williams & Heintz Lithographic Corporation in 1951.
- Williams & Heintz Lithographic Corp. built the current operating facility in Maryland and moved into it in 1958.
- Williams & Heintz Lithographic Corp. was disbanded in Washington D. C., and incorporated in Maryland on July 1, 1959 as Williams & Heintz Map Corporation.
Happy International Print Day!
This year the International Print Day theme is Print Smart. #PrintSmart is all about sharing education and resources for learning about how wonderfully relevant print is in the digital age.
At Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, we would like to share some Map Printing Tips. Our map printing tips were originally published as a series of posts when we first started our blog. We answer frequently asked questions about Map Pre-Press, Map Printing, and Map Folding.
Map Printing FAQ
Now you get FREE SHIPPING on NOAA POD Charts on any order over $100!
Williams & Heintz Map Corporation Print on Demand (POD) nautical charts are produced under the authority of the National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is the national hydrographic office for the United States of America. The data from which these POD chart are produced is certified by NOAA for navigation use. POD charts meet the requirements for the mandatory carriage of nautical charts established by the U.S. Coast Guard and published in Titles 33 and 46, Code of Federal Regulations, including the requirements for updating.
Williams & Heintz Map offers the POD Charts on two durable and water resistant kinds of paper:
24 lb. JCP E-20 High Wet Strength Map Paper, a white paper with a lithographic finish that is made to be used out in the elements. This economical paper is fully functional even when wet.
36 lb. JCP E-50 Chart Paper, genuine 50% cotton nautical chart paper, the same kind of paper as the lithographically printed charts that mariners are accustomed to.
NOAA has authorized Williams & Heintz Map Corporation to sell NOAA’s paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them, or “on demand.” The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase.
We print the charts at Super Fine – 1440 x 720 DPI, up to 64 inches wide, on a G7 calibrated wide-format printer.
Williams & Heintz uses no toxic solvent inks or dangerous UV processes.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aeronautical Information Services (AJV-5), is transitioning to an Available on Demand (AOD) model for all aeronautical charts and related products. In other words, the printing and distribution of all paper products will be met from FAA Approved Print Providers in the near future.
More information about Williams & Heintz Map Corp. becoming the first FAA Approved Print Provider will be coming soon.
Williams & Heintz Map attended the Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA) 2016 Excellence in Print Awards March 10th. Our maps won Best of Category in the Digital Map and Process Map.
Our printing of a NOAA POD Chart won Best in Category for Digital Maps. Williams & Heintz Map is a Certified NOAA POD Chart Printer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has authorized Williams & Heintz Map Corporation to sell NOAA’s paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them, or “on demand.” The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase. The certified charts are the ones that mariners should use for navigation. They make great wall art too.
Our printing and folding of the International Travel Maps & Books (ITMB) Africa Travel Reference Map won Best in Category for Process Maps. The map is printed in 4 color process, offset lithography. The big beautiful Africa Map is 990 mm by 1300 mm. It folds to 100 mm by 248 mm. The scale is 1:5,000,000. ITMB of Vancouver Canada, has one of the most complete and impressive offerings of maps covering the globe.
Thank you to our customers, with great projects, who choose us to print your maps so that we can win prizes!
Season’s Greetings from all of us at Williams & Heintz Map Corp.
Enjoy the video of the Hospice Tree that we decorated for Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees. We made the paper boats, mermaids, fish, and snowflakes from our out of date Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides.
The 2016-2017 Williams & Heintz Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides can be ordered now for Christmas deliveries of the chart books. So recycle and reuse your old charts, time to ring in the new.
Soundtrack: Fish Bowl by Scott Holmes
I just got back from Tanzania with the Farmer to Farmer program that promotes economic growth and Agricultural development in East Africa!
I traveled to Tanzania for 2½ weeks to share my technical skills and expertise with local farmers. My assignment is part of Catholic Relief Services’ Farmer-to-Farmer (CRS FTF) program that promotes economic growth, food security, and agricultural development in East Africa.
In addition to being a map printer, I am a smallholder farmer. I grow food for my family and am the chair of the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association. This experience gave me the opportunity to stretch my limits. I have always found that I learn so much from teaching others. Plus, it is awesome to share the knowledge and experience that I have gained over the years, with a project promoting social justice.
In Tanzania, I worked with Caritas Mbeya, training in organizational development, association strengthening, and giving technical assistance to smallholder farmers. The objective is to enable smallholder farmer groups in Mbalizi Parish to improve leadership and management, enhanced group dynamics and cohesion, strengthen their associations and cooperation. 121 farmers attended the trainings, which will benefit up to 3000 villagers in the area.
I taught the farmers in Mchewe, Itimba, and Muvwa Villages in Mbeya, Tanzania about contracts and contract farming. We analyzed the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities of their groups. Strong cooperative groups will help the farmers pool their resources to balance their power with the middlemen/buyers, and obtain contracts to sell a larger amount of product. The groups will be able to support members and save product to sell when scarce and prices are higher. We discussed, target markets and marketing mix. We talked about mission, objectives, what articles to include in their bylaws to strengthen and insure transparency and fairness. I even came up with “Holly’s 9 Leadership Tips”.
“One thing we are certain of is that this program will be beneficial not just to the farmers in East Africa, but also to the volunteers from America,” said Bruce White, CRS’ director for the program. “It’s going to make the world a little bit smaller for everyone involved.” I agree!
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the five-year program matches the technical assistance of U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities to help farmers in developing countries improve agricultural productivity, access new markets, and increase their incomes.
My volunteer assignment is one of nearly 500 assignments that focus on agriculture, food security and nutrition in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. This is the first time CRS has been involved in the 28-year-old Farmer-to-Farmer Program funded by the U.S. government. The U.S. volunteers travel to East Africa for anywhere from one to six weeks, their expenses covered by USAID.
It’s Earth Day! Hope You Do Something Green to Celebrate- I am going for a walk in the forest.
- Forests cover one third of the earth’s land and absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide making them a major instrument in mitigating climate change.
- They absorb airborne impurities and give off oxygen allowing us to breathe clean air.
- Forests protect our watersheds and provide us with clean water.
- They are home to the majority of the world’s terrestrial species, and many people around the world—1.6 billion according to the World Wildlife Fund—depend on forests for their livelihoods.
The wise use of the world’s forests is critical to our survival and a healthy environment. Forests are vital in maintaining life as we know it.
As can be seen on the above Two Sides infographic:
- Wood from well-managed forests is a sustainable resource that is renewable, recyclable and can be planted, grown, harvested and replanted.
- Most paper is made using wood by-products (chips) from the lumber industry and recycled paper rather than whole trees which are typically used for lumber production.
- Forests in the U.S and Canada grow significantly more wood than is harvested each year.
After my I walk in the forest, I am going to plant my American Plum tree that I got at a community Earth Day celebration last weekend. I hope you do something green to celebrate Earth Day too!