Picturing America

Picturing America

The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps

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In the United States, the art form flourished during the 1920s to the 1970s, when thousands of innovative maps were mass-produced for use as advertisements and decorative objects the golden age of American pictorial maps. Picturing America is the first book to showcase this vivid and popular genre of maps. Geographer and collector Stephen J. Hornsby gathers together 158 delightful pictorial jewels, most drawn from the extensive collections of the Library of Congress. In his informative introduction, Hornsby outlines the development of the cartographic form, identifies several representative artists, describes the process of creating a pictorial map, and considers the significance of the form in the history of Western cartography. Organized into six thematic sections, Picturing America covers a vast swath of the pictorial map tradition during its golden age, ranging from "Maps to Amuse" to "Maps for War."
Publisher: Chicago [Ill.] : The University of Chicago Press, [in association with] Library of Congress, 2017.
ISBN: 9780226386041
Branch Call Number: 912.73 HORNSBY
Characteristics: xi, 289 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: Golden age of pictorial maps


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Maps were made for more than getting from point A to point B. These pictorial maps will amuse, instruct and educate those that read them. Including, appropriately enough, a Dewey Decimal map of the United States. Suggested by Marina

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