Lost Maps of London

hand-drawn map of highways outside London, England
Anonymous, 2008 [London, United Kingdom] original HDMA web archive: map 74

In the early days of the HDMA, I accepted files for the website through drop.io, a service later bought by Facebook. Using drop.io was very easy, and, if you chose, anonymous. This means I received quite a few files without identifying information or accompanying email addresses. Ahh…the early internet. I referred to them as the “lost maps” and still have a folder on a hard drive with these random drawings. Today I’m sharing two of the best.

With some simple searching, the map above was easily identifiable as the Mill Hill district of London. The second map needed a little extra research, but with the help of an HDMA fan, was determined to be Doha, Qatar.