Saturday, November 26, 2011

For the Classic Tourer - Blum's Bike Touring Map from 1896

Every once and a while I'll stumble across something that is too unique to pass up. And this 1896 bicycle map of California roads definitely qualifies. Complete with the original advertisements, this is close to a must have for you touring nerds out there (myself included).

Pending your desire for this type of historical artifact, I found some reproductions on Zazzle. Though not sure that I would rely on such a map for directions now a days. Then again, I don't need a map, I always know where I'm going (at least according to the super sexy British voice on my TomTom).


  1. there was a copy of this posted on the library of congress web site about 10 years ago, it was the same resolution and in mrsid format.

  2. Interesting. The more I look at this, the more I'm thinking I seriously need one of these on the shop wall.

  3. Here's the LoC link:

    It's downloadable, about 10MB, as a lossless jpeg. Unfortunately, the LoC copy has a couple of pen-marks on it; could be touched up quick enough, and otherwise it's a fine repro.


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