Insurance Map Typography

Typography is one of the things that some of us here at ForeverGeek are passionate about. I will definitely not claim to know much about typography, but I think that I have spotted some rather interesting antique samples.

Now insurance maps may not be the first thing that come to mind if you are looking for some typography eye candy, but bearing in mind how they did things in the old days, this collection of photos is not at all surprising. When now things are mass produced and price is of prime consideration, it seems that these photos of pages of old insurance maps were meant to please the eye more than anything. Of course, I could be wrong, but there is something about these images that caught my attention.

The hand behind these images belongs to D.A. Sanborn, a surveyor from Somerville, Massachusetts. In 1866, he was commissioned by the Aetna Insurance Company to create insurance maps for Tennessee cities. This, along with his own work of creating an insurance map of Boston, was the beginning of what became a household name in the fire insurance industry. Insurance companies can be a pain in the butt, but this gallery just might help you forget that for a moment or two.


Those are only a few images in the collection. To view more, visit BiblioOdyssey’s comprehensive post on the topic. ((Source: BiblioOdyssey))
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