The World of Maps

By: Charlie Neuschafer
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September 18, 2020

Battle maps are useful tools to the fighting man, whether he’s in a fox hole or at headquarters plotting an assault, and they offer a spellbinding insight into the combat for the civilians following the war back home.  And after the guns have been silenced they give th...

September 4, 2020

The antique dealer grinned at me from under his toupée, waved me into his booth, and pointed to a framed map of Florida...

August 21, 2020

Long before the bouncy advertising jingle urged car owners, “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet,” brave motorists in the early years of the 20th century set off to explore our country’s highways and byways, imbued with a sense of adventure and guided by a variety of prin...

August 8, 2020

Ruysch, Munster, Ortelius and other early map-makers endeavored to make their work as accurate as possible, but they had to rely not only on crude and inadequate equipment but also on incomplete or even erroneous information from the field.  Their maps are highly prize...

August 5, 2019

The table below shows the codes for the two main map producers, Rand McNally and H.M. Gousha. The video offers helpful hints on how to date a road map.

March 8, 2019

People put their trust in maps. They expect that the information shown is correct, and they drive down a certain road or across a certain bridge based on what is depicted on the map. And generally that works just fine. But every once in a while the proofreader falls as...

December 21, 2018

Some of the most popular collectible maps are those issued as supplements to National Geographic Magazine. Not only are these maps widely accessible, making it easy to start a collection, they are also universally recognized as outstanding examples of the cartographer...

December 7, 2018

You’ll get more enjoyment from your maps – and enhance their value as collectibles – if you’ll remember these four words: TAKE CARE; DON’T REPAIR. Most maps are printed on paper, and paper is a particularly fragile medium. It can be damaged very easily if it is not s...

November 30, 2018

Map collecting is a fascinating and affordable hobby, but it’s often difficult to get useful advice on buying maps. Stamp and coin collectors, for example, have long enjoyed a wealth of readily available information on their hobby; the same has not been true for peopl...

November 23, 2018

This “Here’s where we are!” strategy, often combined with a bold arrow on the map, showed customers just where to go, and there have been a wide range of maps printed locating gas stations, restaurants, hotels, drug stores, banks, tourist attractions, and dozens of oth...

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