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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:29pm Categories: Uncategorized

Maps were no longer just for kings and scholars. By the late 1500s, maps were increasingly purchased by ‘regular’ (though still fairly wealthy) people. After all, everyone was interested in the voyages of discovery and exploration going on at this time.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 8:20pm Categories: Uncategorized

Gas stations weren’t the only place to get free road maps in the early 20th century. This map of the U.S. Midwest was distributed by the menswear clothing chain Richman Brothers.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 8:07pm Categories: Uncategorized

Richman’s Official Road Map. Made by The Foreman-Bassett Company of Cleveland, Ohio circa 1935. Distributed by Richman Brothers, Inc.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 6:59pm Categories: Uncategorized

This world map is composed entirely of musical notation. It was created with the intention of viewing the world in musical terms.

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 2:29pm Categories: Uncategorized

Donetsk. From Ukraïna, [topohrafichna karta]: 1:200 000. Published in Kiev by ViĭsʹKovo-kartohrafichna Fabryka in 1997.

This detailed map of Donetsk Oblast shows the area where Malaysian flight 17 went down approximately 14:15 Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday July 17th, 2014.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:13pm Categories: Uncategorized

Чикаго [Chicago]. Compiled by E. M. Kolokoltseva, edited by L. I. Komarov. Published by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1961.

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:46pm Categories: Uncategorized

By guest blogger Diana Rivera

Chicana/o Latina/o Studies Subject Specialist, Michigan State University Libraries

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 2:39pm Categories: Uncategorized
Dissected Outline Map of the United States of America (with flags of the world on the back). Made in Springfield, Mass. by Milton Bradley Co., between 1912 and 1932.


Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:40pm Categories: Uncategorized
Race and Occupation of immigrants by destination. Also the yearly increase and decrease of each state’s proportion and the number.
Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:11pm Categories: Uncategorized
Carte pour servir a l'Itineraire pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson et des Parties laterales de L'Amerique du Nord. Made in 1826 by J. Milbert. Made for the book Itinéraire Pittoresque du Fleuve Hudson et des Parties Laterales published in Paris by Henri Gaugain in 1828.


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