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Old maps

By alwaysakid

Who needs GPS when you have all these old maps around for just about every state in the union? OK, so maybe the highway system has changed some since 1972, which is why I tossed the old Atlas. But I'm not sure I should toss the individual maps. The ones from the auto club (AAA) may not have any value, but I'm thinking the ones from the gas stations maybe do. There are people who like to collect memorabilia from the old gas stations, and a couple of my maps proudly display Exxon and American oil companies' logos or related art work. Then there's the official, Canadian government map of Ontario which features a photo of a 1971 Chevy Nova. It's not a very good photo, but good enough I could determine what the car is within a year or two.
So what do I do with them? List them on ebay? Display them on a shelf (that could displace one of my toy cars, heaven forbid!)? Maybe just hang on to them for posterity -- I think that's what I did some time in the past and now I found them again almost 40 years later!
What do you think? Am I making much ado about nothing or have I got something here?

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Shotrod64’s Profile Photo
Apr 12, 2011 at 7:48 am
Not to mention some of the places and roads on those maps don't even exist on the new ones but are still actually there! Like christmas when you start unpacking and digging around in boxes that haven't been opened in years!
doug112’s Profile Photo
Jan 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Cool hang them on the garage wall.
1971’s Profile Photo
Jan 22, 2011 at 1:20 am
LEGIONNAIRE’s Profile Photo
Jan 15, 2011 at 11:37 am
I have some from the 60s i don't think there worth much and yes they were free.
lowsurf57’s Profile Photo
Jan 15, 2011 at 1:05 am
You never had to change the batteries on a map. One mans junk is another mans gold; I vote gold.
GoldenGirl’s Profile Photo
Jan 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm
I think they are definitely worth saving but I understand the need to clear out stuff you been hanging on to forever. How about donating to a museum? that way a lot of people could enjoy them.
rhonda’s Profile Photo
Jan 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm
You definitely have what is almost just a piece of history! GPS gadgets have made maps obsolete. What you do with them, depends on what you need or want. If you need money, you can always give it a try on Ebay or somewhere. If you need nostalgia, keep them around to look at from time to time. If you know someone that is a fanatic about stuff like that or someone that is very difficulty to buy for, it would be a great gift. You might keep them for your grandkids or great grandkids some day, just in case the maps would be worth more in the future and make lots of money for them when they will be even more rare. Who knows. Why sell them on Ebay if you are only going to get 5 or 10 bucks, though? Just my opinion. You may get 20 different opinions from 20 different people, but the maps don't take up much space and it might be neat conversation pieces or something. If you got the right buyers in the right market, it might bring a good chunk of change, but they will definitely be "history" some day. I think they are extremely cool, no matter what you do with them.
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Jan 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm
When I display my 1966 Pontiac, I have an Ontario Road Map from that era that I either put on the seat or the dashboard to display.
I also have a 1966 Pontiac Dealer brochure and Owners Manual to display.
So I would suggest that you don't throw away the maps.
Maybe you could find someone at a Show who would appreciate having them.
donnalove’s Profile Photo
Jan 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I bet they were even free back then!
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Jan 14, 2011 at 11:44 am
Hey, we're car guys here! When it comes to car-related stuff, there ain't no such thing as "Much ado about nothing"! Seriously, You probably wouldn't get a whole lot for them on eBay, but you could check out the website to see what people are asking (and geting) for similar items. You're right about what they call "Petrolania" - It's been pretty hot for the past couple of decades.

When I had my '66 Corvair, I had a few similar items from 1966 that I'd display with the car; State road maps from a couple of service stations (Esso and Sunoco, as I recall), and a glove box size AAA Road Atlas. They drew at least as many coments as the car's Owner's Manual, Warranty book with Protect-O-Plate, Service manual, Factory Option book and sales brocure that I also dislayed with the car.

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