American Atlas Publishers in the 19th Century

July 14, 2015

It is no coincidence that as the United States underwent significant and constant change throughout the 19th century, its commercial cartography evolved as well.  As the nation pushed westward, new geographical data poured in, networks of roads, railroads, and canals developed, and new configurations of territories and states appeared.  The prospering American population -- which more than tripled from 1810 to 1850 -- understandably had a burning interest in monitoring the growth and progress of their nation, and map and atlas publishers eagerly stepped up to meet the demand, revising and updating their works to reflect even the minutest changes to the country.  These publishing companies were able to meet the increased demand thanks to innovations that allowed for faster,... Continue Reading →

Great Republic interviewed by Snake Bite, Co.

February 03, 2015

There’s an intersection between history, art and retail, and within that small space is a very special place called the Great Republic. This truly original shop features everything from a first edition copy of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” to a Civil War-era American flag to American-made steel dinner bells. We spoke with store founder Eddie Papczun about his Colorado Springs store and his upcoming shop in Washington DC. We discussed how his passion for antiques and his dedication to Made in the USA items set the stage to create a once-in-a-lifetime shopping experience. Tell us a little about The Great Republic, how you got started, and your role there? I’m the founder of the business. I have a background in... Continue Reading →