Established 1976



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Retail Therapy

Friday, October 21, 6-9 pm

Retail Therapy is a late night shopping event that takes place each Fall and Spring, and is a thank you to the loyal customers who shop Central Street, Evanston. Participating businesses in the 1800 - 2100 blocks of Central Street will offer special discounts, raffles, refreshments and giveaways. We will have a Trick or Treat theme the treat being bargain prices on "hurt" maps and prints. These are genuine antiques, but need some TLC from a paper conservator. Other treats will be sparkling apple juice and donut holes.

Chicago Map Week October 24 - 30

Our gallery hours during Chicago Map week:

Mon, 10/24: 10 am - 5 pm
Tue, 10/25: 10 am - 5 pm
Wed, 10/26: 10 am - 5 pm
Thurs, 10/27: 10 am - 4 pm
Fri - Sun, 10/28 - 30: Closed while we set up for and exhibit at the Chicago Map Fair

The week begins with the 34th International Map Collectors Society Symposium held at Chicago's Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The opening reception is Monday evening. Events include lectures on collecting and visits to major collections: Registration required.

The 19th Kenneth Nebenzahl Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography start Thursday evening and run through Saturday. The topic is "Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective." These lectures will also take place at the Newberry Library. Registration required.

The 4th Chicago International Map Fair will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph & Michigan from Friday evening thru Sunday:

Mini-Abe Visits Evanston's Central Street

Mini-Abe, the tiny mascot of the Illinois Tourism Bureau visited Evanston during Thanksgiving week, partly to see the Northwestern vs Illinois "Land of Lincoln" football game. However, he was not too busy to critique a political cartoon of himself from an 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly.

Many anti-Lincoln cartoons were published during the Civil War (especially in Punch). However, those appearing in Harper's with it's strong pro-Union policy were generally favorable to Old Abe.

Here he views "The Peace Commission..." an unsigned cartoon from the January 18, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly. Lincoln's reelection in 1864 dashed Confederate hopes of dealing with the peace-without-victory Democratic presidential candidate. Thus, in early January Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens and others requested a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State William Seward.

Lincoln joined the meeting near Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads, Virginia, but nothing was resolved.

"The Peace Commission" is just one of many Civil War prints, battle scenes and maps at our Central Street Gallery.

References: Bunker, From Rail-splitter to Icon, page 332; Smith, The Lines are Drawn..., page 140.

An Unusual Map Walks In

The most unusual map we've ever encountered recently walked (literally) into our gallery. A nice young woman mentioned in the course of conversation that she loved maps so much that she had one tattooed on her foot.

It's a map of the Chicago Transit Authority elevated system. She is a frequent user of the El lines and finds the map to be handy. She has even used it to give directions.

For those not from Chicago, the picture shows the map with north at the top. The individual lines are correctly colored. You can compare it with the CTA's on-line map:

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