Edmond attorney's map collection shows timelines from 1400s to today
BY KEVAN GOFF-PARKER NewsOK.com
Friday, December 28, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - Edmond attorney Andy Lester's world is surrounded by visions of the past. An avid historical map collector, he has covered the walls and hallways where he works with images of what long-ago cartographers understood of their world.
Not just artful historical pieces, the maps serve as visual snapshots of time and real estate, often reflecting their mapmakers' skills and cultures.
Lester's maps at the Lester, Loving & Davies law firm, where he is a longtime partner, are carefully framed and include everything from a September 1893 Territorial-era map displaying plots of land available before one of the Oklahoma land runs to a Civil War-era map that carves out Oklahoma as a no man's land divided between the warring North and South.
The walls of Lester's antique-filled home also reflect his passion for cartography. Nearly every space exhibits maps that include places of historical significance to him and his wife, Barbara, as well as a series of world maps created by French, Dutch, English and German mapmakers from 1493, 1550, 1635 and later. Most of them are colorful and filled with whimsical ships, sea monsters and the personification of the winds, seasons and more.
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A map showing the state's Indian Territory is shown in a hallway leading to Andy Lester's office. KEVIN GOFF-PARKER/Photo for NewsOK.com