Amusing, instructive, colourful—pictorial maps have been used and revered for the reason that first medieval cartographer put pen to paper depicting bushes and mountains throughout nations, folks and objects round margins, and sea monsters in oceans. More present generations of pictorial map artists have continued that conventional combination of truth and whimsy, combining cartographic components with photographs and textual content and that includes arresting and daring designs, cheerful and shiny colours, and vigorous element. In the US, the artwork kind flourished from the Twenties by the Seventies, when hundreds of unique maps have been mass-produced to be used as ornamental objects and ads—the golden age of American pictorial maps.
Picturing America, (PDF) is the primary ebook to showcase this in style and vivid style of maps. Geographer Stephen J. Hornsby collects collectively 158 pleasant pictorial jewels, most drawn from the massive collections of the Library of Congress. In his informative introduction, Hornsby summaries the event of the cartographic kind acknowledges a number of consultant artists, defines the method of making a pictorial map, and considers the significance of the shape within the historical past of Western cartography. Organized into six thematic sections, Picturing America features a huge swath of the pictorial map custom throughout its golden age, starting from “Maps to Amuse” to “Maps for War.” Hornsby has uncovered probably the most fascinating and visually hanging maps the US has to supply: Disney cartoon maps, kooky state tourism adverts, school campus maps, World War II promotional posters, and plenty of extra. This wonderful, charming quantity’s wonderful full-color pictorial maps will probably be tempting to any map lover or armchair traveler.
“Weird, delightful, informative….Picturing America collects uncommon images from the short-lived golden age of pictorial mapping.” — Mental Floss
“Though [pictorial maps] were hugely noticeable in American culture of the time, their importance has been largely ignored. However, a new ebook, Picturing America, by geographer Hornsby, examines how these illustrated maps once captured the image of America.” — CNN Style
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