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“In the morning they come out with queer-looking eyes…” The above map represents one ward of New York City – the Eleventh. The saloons as put upon this map were ascertained by the reporter of the Christian Union by actual count. The saloons are largely beer saloons: for the base of the population is German, […]

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Cover of Estelle H. Ries’ opuscule on a miscellany of “lesser arts.” Estelle H. Ries. The Lovely Lesser Arts: Leather Making, Screens, Map Making, Silhouettes, and What To Do About Nudes (1948). Girard KS: Haldeman-Julius Publications (B-686). •••••••••• Ms. Ries here situates makers of maps among other lesser artists – leather toolers, silhouette cutters, screen decorators, and […]

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Céline Boyer: Empreintes (from Céline Boyer) ••••••• Denis Wood’s 2010 book Rethinking the Power of Maps includes a discussion of exhibits devoted to maps created by artists prior to 2010. A significant number of exhibits have opened since the book was published. Map Art Exhibitions, 2010-11 was posted in late 2012, and an update for 2012-13 is below. […]

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“Plan shewing principle characters of work used in mapping.” A map of nowhere showing everything. ••••••• Without and with color. ••••••• Terrain symbols. ••••••• “Plan shewing proposed new street.” Maps are propositions, right? ••••••• Trees and terrain. ••••••• Geological mapping. ••••••• George G. André The Draughtsman’s Handbook of Plan and Map Drawing Including Instructions for […]

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I Don’t Want To But I Will: Title Page of Denis Wood’s Dissertation Throughout graduate school I heard tales of the Denis Wood’s outrageous dissertation, curiously titled I Don’t Want To But I Will. Of particular interest are the scathing Acknowledgments, where Denis took his advisors to task. A worn copy of the Acknowledgments was […]

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Eduardo Abaroa Proposal: We Just Need a Larger World, 2008 (detail) Construction wire, papier maché, world map cutouts and steel pins, 130cm x 130cm x 130cm Courtesy of the Artist and kurimanzutto gallery, Mexico City From the Uneven Geographies Show at Nottingham Contemporary. ••••••• Denis Wood’s 2010 book Rethinking the Power of Maps includes a […]

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Cartogram, 1930: “A Distorted Map of the United States Showing Population of Each State and of Cities of 50,000 or More in 1930″ (Printers’ Ink Publishing Co., Inc., Chart by Walter P. Burns and Associates, Inc., New York City) A cartogram scales geographic areas to some value other than geographic area. In two previous blog […]

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Pin maps have not much been much used in the past, chiefly because a map pin which would give satisfactory service has not been available for common use. Until recently the map markers obtainable have been little more than old-fashioned carpet tacks having chisel-shaped points which cut the surface of any map into which they […]

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Stop making cartograms! At least until permission is granted from the chap who holds the patent on them. Karl Karsten’s “population projection” was published in his book Charts and Graphs (1923) and patented in 1925. As with the 1911 “Apportioinment Map” noted in an earlier post, the term “cartogram” was not used by Karsten to […]

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I was moving some piles of junk in a storage room and came across a 1934 U.S. Public Works Administration book on Mississippi Valley public works projects (Report of the Mississippi Valley Committee of the Public Works Administration, October 1, 1934). The book is full of maps and other information graphics influenced by Otto Neurath, […]

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