- VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You'll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1868 Grand Rapids Map. Our museum quality maps are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
- MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional's choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and the text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
- A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1868 Map of Grand Rapids Michigan. This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
- READY TO FRAME: This print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
- HISTORIX: We love history and art. Sometimes old maps have tears, folds, separations and other blemishes. We digitally restore and enhance maps while keeping its historical character. All our maps are proudly made in the USA. Customers all over the world love our vintage maps and we know you will too.
Produced and published by the prolific American mapmaker Albert Ruger, this unique depiction of Grand Rapids shows the city in a period of significant growth and transformation both culturally and economically. The town was historically known for a thriving furniture-making industry, eventually earning it the nickname "Furniture City." In the years following the conclusion of the American Civil War, Grand Rapids experienced population growth as European immigrants, and Southern Americans flocked to the city looking for work in manufacturing, brewing, and railroad construction.
Michigan offered some ninety-thousand troops to the Union cause over the course of the war, including General George Armstrong Custer. Abraham Lincoln initially requested one regiment, though Governor Austin Blair sent seven. Grand Rapids is situated on the Grand River and is home to 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford.
Bird's eye perspectives were produced as marketing materials for growing cities throughout America and were wildly popular from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s. Because they didn't contain technical data, they were able to contain more detailed artistic embellishments and featured prominent civic buildings, notable residences, and other regional attractions. The instantly recognizable style immediately transports the viewer back in time, creating an indelible bond between the past and present.
Ruger's Chicago Lithographing Company produced more bird's eye perspectives than any other lithography company, and his works are included in the Smithsonian archive, as well as the Library of Congress. This is truly an authentic piece of American cartographical history.
Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. This eye-catching vintage map reproduction print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.