These two pieces are going into the mail today. MidWest Parrot is headed east across the Atlantic to the U.K. MidWest Deer is headed west to Texas, USA. I used parts of an old Geographic Survey map of Illinois for the background on both of these pieces. Most of the old maps I have a topographics but I did get a few of these early photographic ones. In this day of web satellite maps of the earth, these maps seem so quaint. Black and white, low resolution, and yet so interesting to me. They are pre-interstate highway system for one thing, and the towns are so small for another. I'm fascinated by them but they must be used not just stacked in a pile under my studio table.