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Old charts and maps

Over the years, I have collected numerous maps from backpacking, Caving, climbing and nautical charts, all worn from use and marked with where I've been. They are either outdated or too worn to be useful anymore. I cannot bear to throw them away.........so............

I happen to have a huge blank white wall in my house. Why not apply these to the wall as a sort of wallpaper? Unfortunately, the wall has rough plaster so they'd first have to go on some type of backing (maybe smooth faced foam).

Unfortunately, I have no sense of aesthetics so i am asking for advice on how to make this look good. This wall is actually quite large, about 20' wide so it might accomodate a lot of the charts/maps. Arrange them all oriented the same? tilt them? One partially atop another?
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Re: Old charts and maps

You might try hanging them up with painters tape in order to test the aesthetics of an arrangement. Me being the engineer I would arrange them geographical without regard to color coordination.
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Frame them and then hang them up.
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Re: Old charts and maps

Agree with framing and hanging them up. That way you can take them with you if you move or whatever.
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Re: Old charts and maps

I'll 3rd that, spend the money and have them matted and framed, it'll look 1,000x's better than the other options you mentioned.
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Re: Old charts and maps

rip & stain the edges with black coffee. Maybe tatter and burn a few. Then cover a large sheet of 1/2" foam insulation with fabric and mount overlapping with pins at first. Once it looks fantastic, mount the whole thing with 1 1/4" brads on each corner, then work the head inside the cloth. That's what I'd do anyway.

I came across a PNG file of Chart 13288, Mohegan Is to Cape Elizabeth, which is our cruising ground (for the most part). I printed it oversized on our large format printer at work. I'll be mounting it as described.
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Re: Old charts and maps

I once went into a bar's washroom where they had cut Yellow Pages sheets out of an old (60s?) phonebook, placed them very randomly and overlapping in varying orientations, and simply rolled polyurethane over them (not unlike wetting out fiberglass). It was a very funky look and held one's interest while standing there doing other things.

The same technique would probably work with your old items, though you may need to put a skim coat of sheetrock joint mud on your rough surface to smooth it out first.
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