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Ruger’s map of Knoxville, Tennessee 1871

The foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee was where I called home for six years. They are part of the Appalachian mountain range offering pristine views from select vantage points. Specifically I lived in Knoxville, the canvascounty seat of Knox County. The crests and troughs of those hills do a number on brakes and transmissions and they ensure mechanics have a market just as reliable as an undertaker’s.

 Another great physical feature of the area is the Tennessee River. It winds its way through downtown from the eastern part of the state flowing west, finally emptying into the mighty Mississippi River. While I never got the chance to go paddling on the river, I did manage to be part of a three-man crew on a sloop that got stuck on a shoal on the first outing.

Knoxville is also home to the flagship campus of the sun and land grant state university. That’s where I earned my bachelor’s. Needless to say there are some fond memories of people and times.

While nature has provided a variety of attractive landmarks, there is one man-made landmark that received global sunsphereattention once upon a time and probably forgotten by most at this point. Knoxville was the host of the 1982 World’s fair and the golden globe, officially the “Sunshpere”, still stands as a memorial.

Ruger’s map of Knoxville, Tennessee 1871.

Gomberg’s infamous “New World Order” map 1942

During the height of World War II, the new world order was being crafted. It assumed the new superpowers that would be taking the world stage after the war. In concert, these superpowers would ensure that the world would achieve “permanent peace, freedom, justice, security and world reconstruction.”

While the map suggests how the world should be aligned, it is neither authoritative nor published by a government entity. Surprisingly, this well known work was the product of an individual who shared his views with the public with the aid of a map. He promoted the map through advertisements and it received a lot of attention. Later it would be referred to as an indication of the real intentions of the superpowers. Could this happen today? Sharing one’s views through mapping is prevalent but the possibility of being mistaken as authoritative might be a long shot.

Gomberg’s infamous “New World Order” map 1942.

Map of the Month 11/2012: Oslo Havn

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) presents a spectacular chart as the November ICA Map of the Month. The cartographer hails from Norway of the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. Click Map of the Month 11/2012: Oslo Havn to see this map in full and other Maps of the Month. Nautical charts bring together some of my most cherished interests, the sea, sailing and maps. The image here is a chart for the New York harbor.

1797 Laurie and Whittle Nautical Map of Mozambique and Madagascar (the Inner Passage)

My fascinations with maps, antiques and history all come together with this map. I am delighted to share it and if you feel so inclined as to purchase it and give it to me as a gift, I would be elated! If not then a decent copy would suffice. I’d like to add this to a collection of historical maps of Africa, exhibited in chronological order, to reveal the spread and increase of knowledge of the continent over time. The map can be found here:  http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AntiqueMaps-AFRICA-MAPS/~3/5jHYvGQOI10/AfricaMadagascar-laruiewhittle-1797

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