Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving - 1876
Forget the Macy's parade! Liven up this year's Thanksgiving feast with an antique map or print. You're sure to amaze hosts and guests alike with this black and white broadside proclamation, printed in 1876, "For a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise," naming November 30 Thanksgiving Day and referencing both the "recent war" and the history of Thanksgiving in Massachusetts. Emblazoned with a precursor to the Commonwealth's modern seal, featuring a Native American holding his bow and arrow at center, and a bent arm holding a sword overhead, with the motto "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem" ("By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty."). Broadside posters such as these were pasted to the walls of public places, and they generally either deteriorated or were pasted over with the next relevant poster. Precious few remain intact today. 

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Wall Maps Make for Treasured Heirlooms
We know it's not quite time to deck the halls or light the menorah, but if you're one of those early shoppers that we all aspire to be, we have some gift ideas just for you! From early maps of America to our own Barnstable County, our stunning wall maps bring the past to life for anyone on your gift list. We also have smaller maps of all fifty states, and detailed maps, images, and early postcards of many New England towns. Holidays are a great time to celebrate your family's heritage with maps of your ancestors' nations of origin. Maps of vacation destinations are also popular gifts-- perhaps in conjunction with a couple of plane tickets..? From Cape Cod to the Caribbean, we've got you covered.  

Autumn in New England

Trolley Wayfinder Bird's Eye View of Trolley Routes in New England - 1904
New England is a leaf-peeper's paradise! Commemorate this year's autumnal getaway with a map of your favorite town, county, state, or New England in general. 

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The Lesser-Known Mayflower Landing
There is now some debate surrounding the 1st Thanksgiving (some experts now say Virginia!), but all can agree that the celebrated Mayflower voyage ended in Plymouth, Massachusetts, right? While it is true that those intrepid Pilgrims ultimately settled there, you may be surprised to discover that their first steps in the New World were actually taken in Provincetown (at about 10am on Saturday, November 11, 1620-- according to the above map by W. Sears Nickerson). We have antique and reproduction maps of all the Cape Cod towns for visitors and natives alike, and we have maps of Plymouth as well. Whatever the holiday's origins, we'd like to wish all of our clients and visitors a very Happy Thanksgiving

Celebes, Netherlands Indies, Indonesia / WWII Newsmap - 1944

World War II Newsmap - 1944
On November 11th, we recognize the sacrifices of all who have served in America's armed forces. If there's a WWII veteran in your life, he or she may be especially interested in our collection of materials from the Second World War. Civil War buffs will be enthralled by our various maps and prints from that chapter of American history. We even have a number of maps pertaining to the American Revolution. As always, please contact us if we may be of assistance, and have a very happy holiday weekend.  

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Thank you so much to all of you, our wonderful customers, who made it possible for us to win Best Antiques on Cape Cod from Best of Boston Home® 2017!  

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1409 Main Street (Route 28)
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