Sunday, January 15, 2012

Schein & Schein presents: The Republic of California

Schein & Schein, the vintage maps shop in North Beach, always keeps window displays that attract passers-by while educating them.

Cartophilia is the love of maps. Yet maps can lie, maps can reveal, they can change the way you see the places you've been and re-arrange your idea of home. A map can bring an idea to life or drive people to die for its cause. Maps can show you the way but you might also be lost in them.

If I had more wall space, I'd probably have a vintage map like this one. For now, I'm happy to walk by it and spend a while poring over the contours of California, then light out for the territory.

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