Frank Jacobs's Contributions
  • This First Map of a Gerrymander Will Make You Angry

    Our familiarity with "gerrymandering" comes from the United States revising the boundaries of electoral districts every 10 years, in order to keep up with demographic change.

  • 52 - The Enclaves and Counter-enclaves of Baarle (B/NL)

    One of the unlikeliest complexes of enclaves and exclaves in the world is to be found on the Belgian-Dutch border, and is centred on Baarle. This town, while surrounded entirely by Dutch territory, consists of two...

  • A Colour Map of Utopia

    “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at”

  • 50 - "Germany Must Die"

    I’m on a bit of a roll here, as far as strange World War II maps are concerned. Here’s another one, again from the German side, found at this page of the website of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. This map is...

  • 49 - Czechoslovakia Threatens Germany (1934)

    Another propaganda map dating from just before World War II, but this time from the Nazi-German side. One of the first victims of fascist agression was Czechoslovakia, dismembered at the Munich Conference in 1938...

  • 48 – Nazi War Aims

    A British map, I presume, made between 1937 and 1940, showing the German plans for the conquest of Europe “revealed by Secret Nazi Map” – I don’t know if that isn’t a bit of British propaganda, or if there...

  • 47 - The Lost Continent of Mu

    A Pacific counterpart to Atlantis, Mu is supposed to have been a large continent in the middle of the ocean and the home of an advanced civilisation, having sunk beneath the waves many thousands of years ago. The...

  • 46 - How Big Is Jutland?

    Although you probably instantly recognise its shape on a map, you may be forgiven for never having heard of Jutland. This northern European peninsula is not an independent entitiy: it’s divided between Denmark,...

  • A Map of Tatooine, the Home World of the Skywalker Family

    Ironically, the original name for the desert planet is Berber for 'water springs'

  • 44 - The World According to Dubya

    Post #38 of this blog showed a spoof map of the world, supposedly according to Ronald Reagan – the avuncular 40th President of the US, an icon of conservatism to some, a prime example of cluelessness to others...