It's a Small World

Part art and part tool, there’s just something about a map that opens up the imagination. Where does that road lead? How did that bridge get built? Who put the Pembroke in “Pembroke Pines”? Where is Bora Bora anyway? Of all the souvenirs you could buy in New York City, perhaps the trendiest is a t-shirt featuring the logo from a subway station. Of all the places you can go on the internet, one of the busiest is the satellite maps page on Google Earth. Maps serve as both a portal to the future (Hey, Lonely Planet, where should we go on our next vacation?) and a look back at history (Once upon a time, there was a land called the USSR).

Stoke your wanderlust by plotting the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) into your SatNav and heading down there this Saturday and Sunday for the 13th Annual Miami International Map Fair. The largest of just five such fairs in the world, it brings together more than 50 prominent map dealers. Charlie Neuschafer of Lake Worth is selling a Virginia/Florida map from 1606. A dealer from London is hanging an $850,00 price tag on the world’s largest terrestrial globe. A woman from New York has lithographs of Florida that look like they were taken from a satellite – but were actually published at the beginning of the Civil War. Those’ll run ya $30,000. Still, if you’re looking for a little sumpin’-sumpin’ to hang over the couch or in your office, you can get a nice little antique number for as low as $100. Admission costs $10; call 305-375-1492, or visit www.historical-museum.org.
Feb. 4-5

 
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