We received something way better than a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in 1948.
A map we commissioned to promote coastal property was included in a birthday celebration thrown by the Library of Congress for the great state of Georgia. The party, a 4-month long exhibition commemorating the 215th anniversary of the settlement of Georgia, featured hundreds of historic items and documents, including our map, which was illustrated by Robert M. Chapin, Jr., chief cartographer for Time magazine for more than three decades. Titled “Georgia as a Playground” the map is an intricate rendering of Georgia and South Carolina’s coastal islands, estates, and transportation routes.
Today, it hangs in the office of our president, Tom Blanchard III. His great-grandfather, Big George, used it to sell the region to wealthy Northerners searching for Southern properties. Our work sharing space in the heart of our nation’s capitol with an 18th century portrait of James Oglethorpe and a first edition of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind … you gotta love that.