Published: October 13, 2016
I have always loved maps of all sorts—travel maps, atlas maps, computer maps, whatever. I also love history, and always found old maps and prints fascinating, allowing me to see history through contemporary eyes. When I found out you could actually find, touch and own old maps and prints when I was studying in England, I was thrilled and when the opportunity to get into the business came along, I jumped at it.
I had a shop in Philadelphia for about three decades but moved to Denver to follow my wife, who was head-hunted by Children's Hospital. I had been located in a wonderful, small shopping district in Philadelphia and wanted to be located in a similar area here; when I came to Cherry Creek North, it just felt right.
We have a very rare, very large and very detailed map of Colorado issued in 1894. Only about half-a-dozen of the originals are known, and the map—which was intended for schools—is one of the most fascinating maps of Colorado ever made. It was drawn in a style that emphasizes the topography of the state and over 1,000 different cities, town and hamlets are named, over which about 700 no longer exist!
Learn as much as you can about the prints or maps you buy. While prints and maps make wonderful decorative items, what makes antique prints and maps special is that they are historical artifacts, both illustrating and being a part of the past. If you don't understand their history, you are missing half their appeal and value.
The only real common denominator between Philosophy and print dealing is the academic aspect of each. I love to research topics, which is the essence of Philosophy, but is also important for print dealing. My business is founded on the notion of researching and documenting the history and import of the items we sell, and while the research in not on metaphysical topics, but rather history and printmaking, the process is similar…and equally fun.
Philadelphia Print Shop West
2830 East 3rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206