Frank Jacobs's Contributions
  • 43 - Dreaming of Deseret

    In 1849, the Mormons who had recently settled the Wild West near the Great Salt Lake, ‘proposed’ the state of Deseret. It’s not clear to me whether this ‘proposal’ equalled a ‘proclamation’ in their minds. It is...

  • 42 - The Free City of Danzig (1919-1939)

    Maps on old postcards look really cool, I think (see previous post). So I looked for another one, and found this postcard, dating from 1929. Coincidentally, it illustrates another area peripheral to Germany: the...

  • Amikejo, the World's First (and Only) Esperanto State

    Amikejo was located in Neutral Moresnet, a geopolitical anomaly that managed to survive for a whole century after the Congress of Vienna.

  • 40 - Totem Foods of North America

    This map illustrates the ‘Totem Foods’ of North America, celebrating “the many distinctive regional food traditions on the North American continent by featuring a totem food key to the identity of each region....

  • 39 - Manhattan Neighbourhoods (2.0)

    A variation on post #10 in this blog, done by Alexander Cheek and to be found on this page of his website. The differences between these two maps indicate that neighbourhoods in Manhattan are ‘fluid’, and...

  • 38 - The World According to Ronald Reagan

    This parody map shows the world as Ronald Reagan (US president 1980-1988) might have imagined it. Even as parody, it indicates an interesting duality: on the one hand, it presents a view of the world as it no...

  • 37 - Newyorkistan

    The application of the suffix -stan (Persian for ‘home’) generally refers to countries in central Asia – in fact, the formerly Soviet states that occupy Central Asia are sometimes referred to collectively as ‘The...

  • 36 - An Inaccurate Map of Charlottesville

    Russell Richards is an artist who (as far as I can tell) lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia. I like his work, very funny and direct. In my mind, it combines interesting aspects of comic strip art with...

  • 34 - The 6 Regions of Movie Viewing

    This isn’t a political, but a commercial world map: it specifies the six distinct global ‘DVD regions’ of the world. DVD is short for ‘digital video disc’, the successor to the analog VHS system. Contrary to VHS...

  • The Enclaves and Exclaves of Cyprus

    They could have made it more complex, but they would have had to try very hard