Magazine article Geographical

Charting the Century

Magazine article Geographical

Charting the Century

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The 20th century was a golden age of map-making, and maps permeated almost every aspect of daily life. In these extracts from their new book, A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps, Tim Bryars and Tom Harper show how cartography has reflected the changing social attitudes over the past 100 years

ABOVE AND RIGHT: the Edwardian era was the heyday of the picture postcard. This card was designed by American artist James Montgomery Flagg, soon to become known for his 'Uncle Sam' WWI recruiting poster. In a gently humorous optical illusion, a map of the eastern hemisphere resolves itself into the face of a beautiful young woman: A Map of the World, as Seen by Him. This example was sent in 1907, postmarked Woking and sent to an address in Farnham, a town less than 10 miles away

ABOVE AND LEFT: this German-language tourist map of Paris was presented with the compliments of the military governor of occupied Paris to German troops on leave in 1940, a matter of months after the fall of France and Hitler's own sightseeing tour of the city, when he posed for photographers in front of the Eiffel Tower

ABOVE: Ulster's prayer: Don't let go--part of the Unionist propaganda created around 1911 during the Liberal government-sponsored Third Home Rule Bill passing through Parliament; BELOW: this Symbolic map of Europe by B. …

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