Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014


So there's some unwarranted stereotyping here, but this does seem like what all the media hype is driving at:
The Forecast in Africa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barak Obama: Time Traveller

Here's a photo of a guy sitting in front of a NYC transit map... and another photo of his younger self?  Maybe he's a time lord?
The President Might be a Time Traveler, if This Shot From the NYC Subway is Indication

Monday, October 20, 2014

Germany is puzzling (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here, officially derailing your regularly scheduled Monday morning world map cartoons with more images from Europe. This time, Germany in a cartoon from the US Library of Congress:

Edwin Marcus - "How do we fit this one in" - circa 1930-40?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

60+ Great Maps

Looking for something for the cartophilliac in your life?  Here's Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained, by Jerry Brotton (and a review) with 60-some maps to ponder for hours on end.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


We've mentioned other sites on the interwebs that are compilations of maps.  Here's another on Pinterest by Christine L and some excerpts:
Making Maps: Japanese Maps, Tokugawa Era, 1600-1870
Daniel Gray - Map of Tokyo for Computer Arts Magazine
Daniel Gray - Map of Tokyo for Computer Arts Magazine

A Literary Map of Britain
A Literary Map of Britain

Friday, October 17, 2014

Live Fall colors map

Need to know the status of beautiful Fall foliage in your part of the US?  Here's an interactive map that will show you from

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The United [equitably populated] States of America

Last week did a series on re-drawing the United States in order to get states of roughly equal population sizes.  There have been various attempts at this.  The one from urban planner Neil Freeman has been popular on the interwebs:

Slate came up with its own version, as well as more light-hearted versions, such as a division into 13 districts a la The Hunger Games and 4 states names after a popular Dr. Seuss classic:
140926_CBOX_Map13-EqualPopulation 140926_CBOX_Map4-EqualPopulation

The series went on to explore divisions based on sports players' homes, fast food/junk food joints, and other criteria.  Perhaps the most fun is the interactive map that lets visitors click to see how much of the rest of the country is needed to comprise an area with the same population as, say, New York City.

Among the questions this raises is whether such an equal-population-based division would disrupt some advantage that may currently exist in Congress due to the small-state, large-state interactions there.  What, if any, are those advantages?  Would rural communities'/citizens' interests be better served in the current system or one of more demographically equitable representation?  Would this make the House operate more like the Senate? 

All of this is somewhat different from the related question as to whether there should be more representatives per citizen in the first place. Most functioning democracies on the planet have a much, much higher ratio of representatives to citizens, around 1 representative per 100,000 rather than the USA's 1 per 700,000.  Granted such a ratio would result in about 3000 representatives... but then the Founders had originally envisioned a ratio of about 1 rep per 50k - 60k residents which would've made for about 6000 representatives today.  That seems like a distressingly large number of Congresscritters.  However it could also make room for more third-party candidates from smaller congressional districts... and that could challenge the entrenched power of the two major parties and heaven knows the US political systems needs more competition.   

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maps in the style of Tolkien

Mapsburgh sells delicate hand-cut paper street maps and fantasy maps in the style of Tolkien.  They'll make one for any place you please:
Fantasy map of Pittsburgh -- color
Fantasy map of Philadelphia -- color

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Winsor McCay Changed the World

A couple weeks ago we posted some excerpts from the Dr. Seuss section of Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World.  Here's another review of that compilation with images from all the sections including the section on Winsor McCay, who I already knew did the iconic Little Nemo comic. But I didn't know he drew the first-ever animated cartoon "Gertie the Dinosaur". the bird's-eye view drawings from the section below are compelling.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Italy kicks butt (guest post)

Hello! Guest contributor Amanda Murphyao here, interrupting your regularly scheduled Monday morning world map cartoons to bring you some more images of Italy as (of course) a boot (as well as a sock):

Clifford K. Berryman, 4-10-1922

James Berryman, 7-26-1943

James Berryman, 7-30-1953

Jan Sluijters, De Nieuwe Amsterdammer # 149, Amsterdam, 3 November 1917

Clifford Berryman, 1915

John Collins, "Christmas Sock," The Gazette (Montreal), 26 December 1940

(Forgot to grab the full size image of this one while I was at the Library of Congress, but may be useful for other researchers to have this citation.)

The Economist, 8 January 2011, page 51

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Haptic maps in Germany

Several towns in Germany have maps of the town for the visually impaired.

Here's Munster:
Several Braille maps of the city are scattered around town (Munster, Germany) to help the visually impaired find their way. Ironically, these also serve as a good visual reference for the sighted.
I'm not sure which town this is:
German Engineering at its Finest (and Nicest!)

This is a haptic map of the Wild Kermeter trail:

City of Marburg:
Arno Kraußmann and Claus Duncker, handing over the business card in Braille script to Mayor Egon Vaupel

This one is actually the Rosetta MacLain Garden in Scarborough, Ontario:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Map of Gilligan's Island

Late at night I got this niggling thought about whether there's a map of Gilligan's Island.  The answer is that there are several maps of the island used in the show itself and many inconsistencies between them as well as large disparities about the Island's location:

This is the most often used outline of the map of the island, although how all the different landmarks depicted in various episodes could be contained on such a small space is beyond the capacity of space-time as it's currently understood.  The island's oft-visited volcano isn't shown and can't be seen in the island's profile in the opening credits.  The endlessly-extensive jungle with its caves and mountains and quicksand and so forth could not possibly fit in this space... not to mention the ridiculous patchy biodiversity.

Here's a map that The Professor made to track a hurricane bearing down on the island:

Here's a view of the island from an orbiting space capsule in an episode I remember quite well about the castaways trying to get themselves seen by a burning arrangement of logs spelling out SOS.  It's radically different from The Professor's map and shows no volcanic peak:

Here's another map of the island, which at least shows the volcano, and resembles The Professor's map.  I don't remember this episode though:

The island used in the credits in Seasons 2 & 3 is "Coconut Island" or Mokuoloe. It is located in Oahu's Kaneohe Bay.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Map rugs

First we found woodcut maps
Then quilted maps
Then map carpets
(And don't forget the airport terminal)
Now we have map rugs: Area rugs by Florian Pucher based on satellite images, mostly of farmland: