Saturday, April 21, 2012

Strange Maps Blog Adds A Bit of Fun To Cartography

Frank Jacobs has a hit here with the Strange Maps Blog.  It's a feature on BigThink, and a joy to read.

Some of the stories you may want to look at include:
  • Kaiser Eats the World.  It's a weird look at World War I, with the Kaiser holding the globe in his grubby hands, and getting ready to take a Big Munch.  Pass the Barbecue Sauce, please.
  • Taftography.  Picture a plan of the Republican Presidential Convention of 1908 outlined on the head of William Howard Taft.  It was published on the front page of the Chicago Examiner on June 8th, 1908.  Definitely worth a look.
  • The World's Largest Atlas.  Perhaps your thing is an Atlas as big as a man (6 foot high 4 1/2 foot wide - 9 foot wide when opened.  It's a limited edition of 31, weighs around 300 pounds, and - oh yeah! Comes with a somewhat hefty price tag - around $100,000.
It's a fun read, with a different perspective on maps and the world.  Here are a few other articles you may want to peruse - a map of the lower 48 states in the shape of a pig, a map showing the positions of the Gangs of Los Angeles, and last, but not least, the Fool's Head Map of the Financial Bubble of 1720.

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