Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Columbus O

I love this map dearly and could have sworn I already put it on this blog but I can't find any record of it.

The audacity of it all! A world centered on a giant "Columbus, O."


In one sense this is just simply a type of polar azimuthal projection map centered on Columbus. Perhaps the uncredited publishers in 1902 did not have any more an imperial intent than that. I prefer to think this as some good old over the top boosterism. I like the very oversized Scioto River and the bold language of the title.

Though coal fields and gas fields are prominent in the title, they are a little subdued on the map.
Also, the 70 mile radius seems wrong until you realize that each blue circle is another mile and notice how much they bunch up at the edges, where the towns are maybe a bit less "tributary" to Columbus.

The inner city detail is nice too.

There do not appear to be any additional details about who made this unusual map and for what purpose, but it's fun to explore and you can do that here

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Walking Into a New School Year

This odd graphic from the Biennial Survey of Education in the United States 1934-36 shows the number of school days per state.

The states appear to be marching off to school. In order to see if there's any pattern I tried making my own map. However, many states are not shown.


 Some other interesting graphics from the report show the states grabbing bags of money,

children lining up in the schoolyard by year,

and the percentage of students enrolled in private schools - overrunning the Northeast.

 The report is available here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Differing Personal Maps of Denver

For a recent article in the Denverite, multimedia artist Kevin Beaty drew a variety of "mental maps" based on interviews with neighborhood residents.


Many of the maps focus on the Five Points neighborhood, an area that has shifted from various European immigrant groups, to a predominantly African-American neighborhood, to an area seeing significant gentrification. The neighborhood was once known as the Harlem of the West. The map above was based on 1950's era recollections of the area from brothers Ralph and Charles Dabney. They grew up there eating pig ear sandwiches and visiting their father at the firehouse.

It is interesting to see how the maps change with the age, race, economic status and occupation of the residents. Here is Beaty's map rendering from Yvette Freeman, a younger Black resident.

By contrast here is a map from white resident Heather Dalton, who has spent time in the neighborhood but probably did not grow up there.

Finally, here is a rendering of a developer's take on the neighborhood.

For many more maps see the Denverite.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Michigan Map Mania

 Maps are ubiquitous but I've never seen so many as on my recent trip to northern Michigan. They love their state's shape. It appears on everything (with or without the Upper Peninsula) from jewelry to buses to chairs

to lamps

to the obvious oven mitt.

There is even a Handmap Brewing Company.

Arriving at the airport in Traverse City you see these nice artistic map tiles of the surrounding bays and peninsulas on the bathroom walls.

The stores are full of map-centric merchandise. Here is a shelf of coasters at My Secret Stash.

Here are a couple of map themed glasses.

I bought this Tolkien themed shirt there.

The company TeeSeeTee -nice logo! -
has all kinds of great map themes including Dr. Suess,

and PacMan.

Another store. Momentum Outfitters has an impressive collection of woodcut maps of seemingly every lake, bay and island within a 500-mile radius. The underwater depths are kind of fascinating - to me anyway.

They also have these nautical chart bags.


There were many good maps along the way including this in the Mission Point Lighthouse,

and this nice map showing the past and present of Glen Haven in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore.

Part of this larger sign.

Even the ice cream place (Moomers) has maps you can pin.
One of my final stops was at 45th Parallel Park in Sutton's Bay, just for the geographic novelty of it.


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Detroit in 50 Maps

 It's a strange coincidence but less than a week after blogging about Cleveland in 50 Maps, I got a notice about a successor book.

There are no maps on the web page, just the cover. The book is only available for preorder right now. Maybe when it is ready will be more to see. Here is part of the write-up

"Detroit in 50 Mapsdeconstructs the Motor City in surprising new ways. Track where new coffee shops and coworking spaces have opened and closed in the last five years. Find the areas with the highest concentrations of pizzerias, Coney Island hot dog shops, or ring-necked pheasants. In each colorful map, you'll find a new perspective on one of America’s most misunderstood cities and the people who live here."

Yes Cleveland was also described as "one of America’s most misunderstood cities".

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Cleveland in 50 Maps

This book is almost two years old now but sometimes things stay in my in-box for a long time! Long enough that you can now buy it at a steep discount.

From the website: "Cleveland in 50 Maps deconstructs the Forest City in surprising new ways. Follow the changing locations of breweries, music venues, and commuter rail lines over time. Track the Clinic’s growing east side footprint, year-by-year attendance at the Jake, and the addition of communities to the Cultural Gardens. Find out which local high schools produce the most NFL players and which locations the major presidential candidates visited in 2016. Discover the massive salt mine under Lake Erie and the barricades on the border of Shaker Heights. In each colorful map, you'll find a new perspective on one of America’s most misunderstood cities and the people who live here."

Here is that massive salt mine under Lake Erie, who knew?

The logic of streets and avenues in Cleveland's "grid" is explained in two maps showing each respectively. The avenue map is much prettier. Avenues run east-west while streets are north-south

Here is an interesting map showing the evolution of the Cultural Gardens
Read more about it and buy a copy here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Atlas of Disappearing Places

A new book the Atlas of Disappearing Places by researchers and artists Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros shows 20 places around the globe under existential threat from global warming.

“The direction in which our planet is headed isn't a good one, and most of us don’t know how to change it. The bad news is that we will experience great loss. The good news is that we already have what we need to build a better future.” —from the introduction. 

The maps were inked onto seaweed for a beautiful and ephemeral look.

Screen shots via Amazon
Here is a map of the disappearing Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.

A detail showing the legend,

and a close up the the ink on seaweed look.

You can see more info and purchase a copy here.