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Wishlist: Curious Posters and Prints

Curated gift ideas from the staff of Atlas Obscura.

"City of Women" poster.
“City of Women” poster. Nonstop Metropolis

One of our favorite things in Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s recent book, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, is “City of Women,” a fantasy map of what the New York City subway system might look like if most of its stations had been named after women instead of men. The map is now available in poster form, making it even easier to get lost in its brilliant premise. Find who your favorite stop would be named after (the Atlas Obscura offices would be closest to the Pat Benatar station!), and discover the names of important women you’d never even known about.

“City of Women” poster
$21.95, NonstopMetropolis.com


Cavallini & Co.'s Pasta Chart Italiana.
Cavallini & Co.’s Pasta Chart Italiana. Cavallini & Co.

We love how simple and yet striking this poster is—the universe of pasta is vast, and there’s always a new variety to discover. If you’re feeling especially decadent, this one also doubles as some truly special wrapping paper.

Cavallini & Co. “Pasta Chart” poster
$8.95, Amazon


Framed print of the French artist and astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot's chromolithograph of an 1882 total solar eclipse. $100 as shown.
Framed print of the French artist and astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot’s chromolithograph of an 1882 total solar eclipse. $100 as shown. Public Domain Review

Paying for something that’s expressly identified as free might sound like a sucker’s bet, but The Public Domain Review’s thoughtfully curated selection of fine art prints manages to feel like a bargain. The site is an online journal that explores the wide world of works that no longer have copyright concerns. In their shop, you can find prints of old woodcuts, fascinating maps, and unusual historical illustrations. Each print is available in three sizes, with the option to add a variety of frames. Friends don’t let friends purchase “Le Chat Noir” posters—browse these unique offerings instead.

Fine Art Prints, various sizes
$25-$125, Public Domain Review


American and Canadian airways routes, from the NOAA Office of Coast Survey Historical Map & Chart Collection.
American and Canadian airways routes, from the NOAA Office of Coast Survey Historical Map & Chart Collection. Vintage Visualizations

Do you know the difference between an airway and an air route? Do you adore artifacts from the early years of professional aviation? Then this attractive print from our friends at Vintage Visualizations is for you. It comes in a variety of sizes, and is a faithful reproduction of the source material, in this case a circa 1919 aeronautic map of North America courtesy NOAA’s Historical Map Collection.

“Official Map of American and Canadian Airways and Aerial Mail Routes,” 1919
$12-$33, Vintage Visualizations


"Four Women Crying," now available in poster form.
“Four Women Crying,” now available in poster form. © The Burns Archive

The Manhattan-based Burns Archive is a uniquely comprehensive visual documentation of how the world, particularly the field of medicine, has changed since photography was first introduced. Lately the archive has released a set of limited-edition posters featuring some of its most iconic images. We love “Four Women Crying,” a print of an original tintype circa 1878. It’s an especially affecting example of memorial photography from that era, which often focused on the bereaved as opposed to the deceased.

“Four Women Crying” poster
$25, The Burns Archive

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