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115 - A World Map of Manhattan

Missing
about 7 years ago

A history of successive waves of newcomers arriving in New York City, working their way up (or sideways) to make room for the next wave arguably makes NYC the most emblematic immigrant city in the world. This map celebrates that diversity by assembling Manhattan out of the contours of many of ...

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107 - Asia From Irkutsk

Missing
over 7 years ago

  How delicious is this: obviously a sister-map to the one in posting #103 (‘Europe From Moscow’), but this time applying an unusual perspective to the Cold War situation in Asia in the early nineteen fifties. The map, found here at the University of San Diego and originally published in Time ...

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105 - The Tory Atlas of the World

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over 7 years ago

(click image to enlarge) For me, this might be the original strange map. When I was a kid, I had the Spitting Image book that contained this map. I spent hours (well… whole quarters of hours) poring over it, chuckling away every time I ‘got’ a reference. For those who don’t know it, ‘Spitting ...

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103 - Europe From Moscow (in 1952)

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over 7 years ago

Perspective and the right choice of colours can help to infuse a map with meaning, this one being a very good example. The map is entitled Europe From Moscow, and was featured in the Time Magazine issue of March 10, 1952. At that time, the world was dominated by the Cold War between the Soviet ...

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101 - If Planets Were Countries…

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over 7 years ago

  … then “Jupiter would be revoking democracy in Russia, Saturn would be curling in Canada, Uranus would be trying to figure out how to speak Kalaallisut, Neptune would be desperately looking for water in Saudi Arabia, and Earth would be searching in vain for Borat.” Puzzled? This is a size ...