Lots of people have collectibles, from baseball cards to stamps, but few can say it doubled a collection of a major public library. Back in 2012, Glen Carson, the head map librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, got a call from a real estate agent about a house that was to be demolished but was also "full of maps," and was encouraged to check it out. Creason as skeptical to check out, but agreed nonetheless. What he found was an astounding aggregation of maps filling nearly every corner of the house.

Tens of thousands of maps were crammed into cardboard boxes, filing cabinets, dairy crates and bookshelves. Old globes and school-style maps were tucked away behind furniture. This collection belonged to John Feathers, and is diverse as it is large, including insurance maps, tourist maps, maps to Beatnik hangouts and more. Read More