Archival National Geographic Map Reproductions Now Available for Purchase Online

WASHINGTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 16, 2006— For over 100 years, readers of National Geographic magazine have relied on the Society, world leader in cartography, to provide the most accurate, comprehensive maps available. Now, for the first time, hundreds of these classic supplement maps may be purchased online through a collaboration between National Geographic Maps and Maps.com. The National Geographic Maps Classic Collection can be found at NGMapCollection.com.

The collection, dating from 1891 to the late 1990s, is a treasure trove of geographic time capsules. NGMapCollection.com includes high-quality, poster-sized reproductions of maps of space, the world, global regions, continents, countries, oceans, U.S. states and thematic maps crafted by National Geographic's world-renowned cartographic artisans. Among the maps are several war maps, including "Map of the New Balkan States and Central Europe," released just as World War I erupted in August 1914. Of the 30 map supplements the Society published between 1939 and 1945, well over half were related to the geography of the war. Also available are maps that highlight natural and cultural resources, wildlife and peoples of the world.

Perfect for home, office or classroom, for history buffs, collectors and teachers, these stunning wall maps can be printed on premium semi-gloss paper suitable for framing or can be laminated for durability. Visitors to NGMapCollection.com can search for maps by year or select from categories such as world regions, continents, oceans and space. Prices range from $14.95 to $59.95.

"From the 'Map of the Western Theater of War' in 1918 to the maps of the Middle East in the 1990s, National Geographic has continued to supply timely and accurate maps of all areas of the world," said Fran Marshall, president, National Geographic Maps. "We're delighted to work with Maps.com to bring these beautiful maps to a wider audience. These maps make unique gifts -- and are a great addition to any collection or map library."

"Maps.com is excited to be working with National Geographic Maps to re-release National Geographic magazine's map supplement collection. The collection is a cartographic treasure and virtual time machine, allowing the public to revisit history via the maps created by National Geographic dating as far back as the 1890s," said John Serpa, president, Maps.com. "The Web site, NGMapCollection.com, brings together National Geographic's amazing map supplement collection and Maps.com's ecommerce and publish-on-demand expertise."

About National Geographic

National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and has been producing maps for National Geographic Magazine and other Society groups for over 90 years. National Geographic Maps produces Trails Illustrated maps, TOPO! outdoor recreation mapping software, globes, wall maps, reference maps, state maps, city and recreational destination maps, professional software and atlases.

About Maps.com

Founded in 1991, Santa Barbara-based Maps.com is the industry's most comprehensive mapping services company with offerings in the business, consumer and education marketplaces. Whether it's creating a regional wall map or planning a multi-stop travel route online, Maps.com strives to meet the mapping needs of today's digital era. Today, over 2 million monthly visitors, 8,500 U.S. schools, and both small and large companies, such as Lowe's Home Improvement, Nextel and AAA, currently benefit from Maps.com's vast service offerings. For more information, visit www.maps.com.

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Cindy Beidel, 202-862-5286
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