Sunday, June 7, 2020

Remember These? Parchment Maps & Documents

Parchment map of the AWI battlefields and a brass trivet that I purchased at Colonial Williamsburg
(it is the coat of arms of King George III)

A view of the parchment map without the photo staging.

I was sorting through the accumulated junk in my Man Cave this morning, when I found some of those old parchment maps in a box. You probably remember these: they were prints of copies of the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Colonial Currency, and battlefield maps. These first appeared in the early 1960s as part of the American Civil War Centennial celebration (1961 - 1965).

The company that produced the maps did something that appeared to age the parchment paper, giving it a brownish hue that made the document look like an old find.

These were fun to collect and I had a large collection of parchement documents when I was a young lad. I bought this map and some reproduction Colonial currency when I visited the Saratoga National Military Park circa 2000 (or it might have been purchased at nearby Fort Ticonderoga). 

I want to post it on the wall in my Man Cave, but the wall space is fairly well used up and I don't want to make things look cluttered with too many pictures and posters.

I hope that these images bring back some fond memories for you too. They make me want to break out my AWI figures again 


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  2. I remember having the Confederate currency.

  3. I remember pestering my mum to get me the Civil War battlefields map and a wanted poster (Jesse James I think) back in the early 1960's in London, even the paper smelt old. Thanks for the memories.

  4. A similar type in the UK about the same date. I still have the map of Lincolnshire somewhere.