Who are we anyway?
Before purchasing their business in Chatham, husband and wife, Bob Zaremba and Danielle Jeanloz lived in other parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, Canada and Europe and spent many years traveling throughout the world. Having spent over 30 years visiting Chatham, they decided to settle into this resort community because of its natural beauty, cultural and social opportunities, proximity to major cities, gentle climate (for the Northeast) and small town character.
Danielle has broad range of personal and professional backgrounds. She is Swiss and spent many of her childhood years in the Boston area. She had a 25 year career at American Airlines and 2 years as Executive Director of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce. Bob was originally from Vermont and has family roots in Chatham since the 1960's. He is a botanist who has worked in environmental conservation for over 30 years. He worked for the Nature Conservancy, primarily in New York State for 18 years and continues his botanical work as a part time consultant.
Bob and Danielle published a “History of Chatham” using old postcards and photographs, in 1999. This local book describing various parts of town and land changes has been reprinted a number of times and continues to sell well. In 2000, they published a postcard history book of Middlebury, Vermont – another favorite place of theirs.
How did we get into maps and where did we get them?
Twenty five years ago, Bob and Danielle developed secondary businesses in the field of antiques. They specialized in oriental carpets, early country furniture, sterling silver and maps and charts. Bob had used maps in his year of botanical work and he became increasingly interested in the field of maps. In 2000, he and Danielle purchased Chatham Antiques and while they sold several hundred maps, they decided to become specialists in this area in 2005. In 2006, former Maps of Antiquity owner, Lynn Vigeant, approached Bob and Danielle with her 18 year business as she was ready to retire. The timing was good because Bob was ready to develop a new full time career after retiring from 18 years at The Nature Conservancy.
Maps of Antiquity moved to Chatham in 2006. The new business included over 4,000 maps, a reproduction map business, a framing business and extensive training by Lynn Vigeant. There was no grand opening or fanfare in the new location because there was constant activity, chaos and growth. Former customers found our shop, new visitors stopped in, decorators and businesses requested our services and our website business began to grow. As Bob increased the business quickly in the new location, Danielle decided to join him full time in 2008. Soon they realized they needed more help and hired local artist and teacher, Kathryn Halpern who helps manage their operation.
In 2009, Maps of Antiquity acquired another significant map business. Jon and Bernice Rosenthal of Amherst Antiquarian maps were retiring after over 30 years in the business. Their contribution to Maps of Antiquity included a fine collection of 17th& 18th century maps, over 8,000 antique maps and prints, training and an apprenticeship in map restoration, and more.
Now over 22 years in existence, Maps of Antiquity is thriving and enjoying ongoing expansion. Our goal is to remain small enough to continue offering personalized service to each of our customers, finding new images and historical records, and developing ways to enjoy these products for many years to come. Less than 20% of our inventory is currently online. We plan to increase this inventory as we recognize that many of our customers like to shop from a distance before or instead of stopping by. We currently remain open year around and are open almost every day from 10am – 5pm. We are also available for appointments after hours. We understand that many of our customers have busy lives and we want to be accessible to work with them at their convenience.
We proudly serve thousands of customers each year. In addition to working with individuals, some of the customers that we have done business with include -
Chatham Guestrooms & Pondside - Spacious Guest Suites at a value and weekly house rental in Chatham owned and managed by Maps of Antiquity owners
CCADA - Cape Cod Antique Dealers Assocation
Chatham Chamber of Commerce - Information Source for Cape Cod
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce - Information Source for Cape Cod
Cultural Center of Cape Cod - All of the Arts for All of Us
Entering Cape Cod - Cape Cod Reviews & Recommendations
Maps of Antiquity has been featured in CapeCod Life, Chatham Bars Inn (inroom magazine), NPR/WCAI, Dove and (an Italian Travel Magazine).
Maps of Antiquity is located on Cape Cod