Speaking of the needle in the haystack…
Maps are an important part of journalism. They help us as writers lend a sense of three-dimensional space to our words and create a visual sense of place.
Journalism has also been called the first draft of history.
Therefore, a historical map must be of at least some significance to the communications community at large, yes?
In a story that is a worthy plot line for National Treasure III, a 1769 map completed by the famed cartographer Bernard Ratzer was discovered in a Brooklyn Historical Society warehouse in Connecticut last May.
Straight from the cinema of reality, and through a stranger-than-fiction series of events, the map has been fully restored using techniques and tools including:
• plastic tent and humidifier
• alkaline bath
• tweezers and a Zipcar rental
• early 19th c. books boiled on the stove
The final product is a beautifully restored map – only the fourth version known to exist – detailing pre-Revolutionary New York City.