Stephen J. Hornsby
University of Chicago Press
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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