I’d like to buy some prints or maps of Arlington (olde-timey, current, anything in between). Does anyone know of a good place to find these? There are quite a few for Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon, but I’d like to find cityscapes or historic photos of other buildings from around town.
Not sure, but you might want to start here: http://www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org
I also have a copy of this book, which probably has exactly what you’re looking for in terms of pictures, but obviously not suitable for hanging. The author seems to specialize in books with historic photos from around the Metro DC area; perhaps you could find some contact information for him and ask?
Let me know what you find as I wouldn’t mind picking a few up myself!
Ghosts of DC is a useful site. The focus is on D.C. but he also covers nearby areas, including Arlington.
The Arlington Public Library is another great resource. So is the Library of Congress. I don’t know if you can buy maps or pictures from any of these sources, but you should be able to find digital photos of many old sources.
Thanks so much, fellows, I will check them out!
This is likely a stupid question, but provided digital photos are not copyrighted, are there services that can produce them at larger scales?
R Griffon, I’ll let you know what they say.
This isn’t exactly on point, but there is a place called Historic Urban Plans up in Ithaca, N.Y. that sells a variety of old maps and prints. They don’t have anything of Arlington; however they do have tons from D.C. and a few from Alexandria too. Further afield they’ve got some of Annapolis as well.
Since Arlington didn’t become a separate jurisdiction until the 1920s, it will probably be hard to find anything that is specific to the County.
Here’s the link to Historic Urban Plans:
By the way, the Ghosts of DC site is really interesting. They have some cool articles in there.
Here’s another site, recommended by Ghosts of D.C.
Shorpy (with photos tagged “Arlington”): http://www.shorpy.com/search/node/arlington
By the way, I found some really interesting aerial photos here: http://gis.arlingtonva.us/gallery/map.html?webmap=2782372f50094c5e881eec85f6d91d93
Some go back to 1934.
Not sure how olde-timey you are looking for, but I believe this qualifies. Here is a reprint of an 1878 map of ‘Alexandria County’. Shows what Balls X Roads and Rosslyn used to look like pre-orange line. . . I also believe that this map is before the transformation to make it look like Prague
I’ve had this print for over 20 years – not sure where I got it (or where it came from) but if you want it, you can have it.
Our County GIS has a copy of the 1900 Alexandria County map. You can view it through our interactive mapping site. It will also allow you to overlay some of our other data over the map. (http://gis.arlingtonva.us/acmap) There’s also a 1885 map and a 1865 Military Map. In the site there’s a tool to turn other data layers on and the photo’s and historic maps are near the bottom of the list.
I bought a cool old one from the Arlington Historical Museum on Ridge Road – they are open in the old Hume school on weekend afternoons.
Just FYI – Arlington has been it’s own jurisdiction since 1849, when it was given back to Virginia from DC. It was called Alexandria County then.
Venn Diagram, thanks for posting, but the image didn’t come through when I clicked the link. Do you have another? Arlgis, thanks for posting that. I’ve played around with the GIS tool… it is fantastic.
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