Where would you go if you wanted to decorate your office with world-class historic photographs featuring the industrial age, urban America, farm and wetland landscapes, or the faces of hardworking Americans building a great nation? Where can interior decorators find that perfect historical map of the Mid-Atlantic region in the perfect size for a client? Where do lovers of historic houses, trains and boats find copies of rare photos to complete their vintage collections? Where can a corporate CEO find the perfect holiday gifts for clients. Where would a 4th grade teacher go to buy a high quality, historic map of the Mid-Atlantic or New England regions for their classroom?
From now on, they’ll all be going to the same place – the new Fine Historic Reproductions service at the Delaware Historical Society. The Society is one of the oldest and most important sources of historic maps, photographs and broadsides in America, and now they’re making high quality, digitally mastered reproductions of their collections available in two basic sizes. But they can also customize those very same pieces to any size for interior decorators, home owners, developers and office designers.
In addition to extraordinary and colorful maps that date back to the 1700s, there are hundreds of black & white photos and historic, two- and three-color broadsides (check out the slide show on the side of this article) that will add color and content to any room, office or classroom. And you can see and purchase the entire 2010 collection online at www.dehistory.org. Or better yet, come to Hardcastle Gallery in Centreville, Delaware on September 9 or 10 from 5:30 to 8:00 to see all the maps, historic photos and broadsides for yourself – complete with wine and cheese to make the evening even more fun.
The Society is also offering limited original panels as well as high quality reproductions from the Beers Atlas of 1868 with detailed maps of all of the “hundreds” in Delaware as well as many towns and historic villages. A “hundred” is an old English Saxon land division which is smaller than a county or shire and larger than a tithing. The hundreds of Delaware originally served as judicial or legislative districts, but now they remain only as a basis for property tax assessment.
These maps are 140-year old panels removed from copies of original, bound 1868 Atlases. They are only available because the Society has acquired many more copies of the Atlas than it can reasonably accession into its collection. Therefore there are only a limited number of these original panels available.
The Delaware Historical Society is an American treasure. It provides access to the largest private collection of Delaware historical resources in the world. Each year, the Society reaches more than 150,000 people through its special programs, exhibitions, publications, and research services, and provides unique programs to more than 25,000 school-aged children, including National History Day in Delaware.
The Delaware Historical Society owns and operates the Delaware History Museum, a large museum store, a nationally recognized Research Library, Old Town Hall, several historic houses and a picturesque urban courtyard on their downtown Wilmington campus, as well as the Read House & Gardens in historic New Castle, recently recognized as an “American Treasure” by the National Trust and the National Park Service.