Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Vintage Maps in 3D

Old Map Brought to Life is an interesting experiment in creating a relief map from an old paper map. The map uses three.js to overlay a vintage map of the Korean peninsula on top of a digital elevation model.

Just click on the 'Help' button on the map to view the full list of controls which allow you to zoom in and out, pan around and rotate & tilt this 3D vintage map of the Korean peninsula.

This isn't the first time I've seen vintage maps geo-referenced on top of a DEM. The Mapire website also allows you to view historical and vintage maps in 3D overlaid on top of a digital elevation model.

Mapire has a large collection of geo-referenced vintage maps, mainly from 18th and 19th century Europe. When you select a vintage map to view on Mapire you just need to click on the '3D' button to browse the map in 3D. The navigation controls for browsing the 3D maps in Mapire are shown below the '3D' button. 

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