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Where to Find Arlington Prints and Maps
  • Hank May 14, 2013 - 8:12 pm #73372 Reply


    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.



    R. Griffon May 14, 2013 - 9:17 pm #73376 Reply

    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!

    Michael H. May 14, 2013 - 10:01 pm #73379 Reply

    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.

    Hank May 14, 2013 - 10:09 pm #73380 Reply

    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.

    Arlingtoon May 15, 2013 - 10:02 am #73415 Reply

    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:


    Good luck!

    Hank May 15, 2013 - 3:00 pm #73508 Reply

    By the way, the Ghosts of DC site is really interesting.  They have some cool articles in there.

    Michael H. May 15, 2013 - 8:28 pm #73583 Reply

    Here’s another site, recommended by Ghosts of D.C.

    Shorpy (with photos tagged “Arlington”): http://www.shorpy.com/search/node/arlington

    Hank May 16, 2013 - 2:18 pm #73691 Reply

    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.

    Venn Diagram May 17, 2013 - 9:49 am #73773 Reply

    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.


    arlgis May 17, 2013 - 10:27 am #73789 Reply

    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.

    Alexandria County 1900

    td52 May 17, 2013 - 2:29 pm #73845 Reply

    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.

    Anonymous May 20, 2013 - 12:14 pm #73934 Reply

    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.

    CrystalMikey May 20, 2013 - 2:12 pm #73976 Reply

    td52 – how much did that run you?

    Hank May 20, 2013 - 3:36 pm #74050 Reply

    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.

    Venn Diagram May 20, 2013 - 7:34 pm #74082 Reply

    See if you can look at this. I had issues pasting a picture from work on Friday – kept giving me an error message.

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