Geography Isn’t Sacred in the Playful World of Pictorial Maps – National Geographic

Geography is not a sacred thing in the playful world of pictorial maps. There is a new book that puts the spotlight on the occasionally twisted, often amusing tradition of hand drawn cartography. There is an underappreciated form of American visual art. It is called the pictorial map. These maps are designed to draw you in.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pictorial maps thrived in the United States from the 1920s to the 1960s.
  • Stephen Hornsby, a professor of geography at the University of Maine, has written a book on these maps – “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps.”
  • Hornsby sees maps as a manifestation of the enormous vibrancy of American popular culture.

“A new book highlights an occasionally twisted, often amusing, always colorful tradition of hand-drawn cartography.”