Strange Maps for Strange People

Posted By Erin on June 2, 2010

A Borderless World – June 2, 2010

This is one of my favorite blogs: Strange Maps. About twice a week, a new map is featured, along with a narrative about the map’s background and the time period it was recorded. Cool!

Currently there’s a map of Bohemia from the 17th Century.

Maybe Bohemia's in my future?

Maybe Bohemia’s in my future?

Another recent showing was a funky map of Nevada / California border region that features the Sudan, Siberia and the Kentucky Mountains…Hmmmmm…Someone is smoking too much pakalolo.

This is one bad trip!

This is one bad trip!

I’ve loved maps for a while. I’m not sure if it’s my fondness for maps that inspires my travel, or the other way around.  I’ve actually been called “Map Girl” on occasion. I was navigating a couple of Russian cities at the time.

A color-blink "map girl" in Ekaterinburg

A color-blind “map girl” in Ekaterinburg

I bought my first map in Florence, Italy. It was a hand-colored beauty of an ancient Oceania. It’s a whimsical depiction of the waters around New Caledonia – full of sea monsters, ships being blown off course and unknown languages. That’s pretty much how I see the world!

Deadly Sea Monsters ahead!

Deadly Sea Monsters ahead!

My mom is holding onto a real treasure: a map that was given to my father as a gift. It’s a map of the Pacific Ocean. (He was a consultant and worked throughout the Pacific Islands – mainly in Polynesia and Micronesia.) Can’t wait to hang that bit of booty on my wall some day!

Do you have a favorite map? Where’d you buy it? What area does it depict? Send in a picture!


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This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 and is filed under Erin Then.

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