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Flickr Find: Vintage Maps By Jacques Liozu

I admit I’m such a sucker for beautifully hand-drawn maps.  Yes, I’ve lusted over those custom maps by the likes of Crystal Kluge, Stephanie Barba and Laura Hooper. Why, I even came up with our own “couture” version for our invites (because I’m obsessed like that, ha ha)!

Needless to say, I practically drooled over my keyboard upon discovering artist Jacques Liozu‘s work.  The hand illustrated style, the colors, the calligraphy and the retro-vintage feel to it = LOVE.  Much thanks to artist Maral Sassouni (a.k.a. Maralina! on Flickr) for sharing them.

” My parents had this book with them when they emigrated from France to America. I grew up marvelling at this book which is part travel guide, part history, part almanac… full of illustrations! I used to pore over all the details in the maps!”

The book is called Les Etats-Unis d’Amérique, which was published in France in 1946.  Now join me for a bit of travelogue here, won’t you?  Let’s see…

I had one of the best years while on a work assignment here …


Eight years ago, I met my future husband here…


And while he stayed here…


I had to move here for my job …


It was four years ago today, when we
took a 4-hour drive from the City to elope get civilly wed here…
Happy anniversary, hb!


Thereafter, we became first-time homebuyers
(and shyeaah, did the church wedding planning from) here…


You still there? :-p  Okay, before I get carried away again,  go here to see the rest of Jacques Liozu’s work.  Swoon! Makes me want to print them on my tote bag or a tea towel or something.  Important note:  if you download or use them, please give proper credit or drop Mara a line on Flickr.  Thanks!

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1 Ashley @ Inviting Company { 03.24.09 at 9:07 pm }

Love your story!! Great maps toooo…thanks for sharing!

2 Ye Olde Map Shoppe » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog { 06.19.09 at 6:09 pm }

[…] Since not all our guests are familiar with Old City — the quaint, historical, and art-gallery-rich area of Philly where our reception will be held — I thought a map might be a great way to show some of the surrounding spots. When I contacted Heather from Pantomime Papers about this idea, she quickly agreed — she was, at the time, working to build her portfolio — and sent me some inspiration maps so we could figure out what look would be the best fit. (The following images are from here.) […]

3 Marjan { 10.19.10 at 5:28 pm }

Hi there,
I have a map of the bourgogne i want to sell,
any idea what would be a good price to ask and a god place to cell.
kind regards Marjan

4 Jada { 10.29.10 at 1:20 pm }
5 Jada { 01.14.11 at 7:37 pm }
6 Lake George, New York « Latitudes { 06.13.11 at 12:21 am }

[…] sent me a few images to give me an idea of styling, and that’s when I first learned about Jacques Liozu from iDIY blog. Check out his maps, they’re amazing and inspired me to include a border […]

7 Leslie { 11.11.11 at 10:12 pm }

I found out about Jacques Liozu’s maps when I found a boxed set of poster-sized (about 11×18) boxed set of the provinces of France at a flea market in Germany. (Sadly, there are a few missing). I searched and discovered the series of books called The World in Colour, edited by Dore Ogrizek, one of which is the United States one you mention. They’re available in English as well as their original French, and they’ve all got those wonderful maps – France, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg, the British Isles, Northern and Southern Africa, Greece, Italy, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, Scandinavia…

8 barn weddings { 11.15.11 at 12:23 am }

Greatful memories, I love your stories.

9 Priels JP { 06.10.12 at 4:37 am }

Monsieur, Madame,
Nous venons d’acheter une maison à Saurat, en Ariège et avons trouvé 2 gravures (Provence et Pyrénées) signées par vous. Hélas, elles sont en mauvais état.Nous aimerions en acquérir de nouvelles car nous les apprécions. Merci de nous faire savoir comment nous en procurer. Avec nos remerciements.