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Picturing America : the golden age of pictorial maps

Author: Stephen J Hornsby; Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division,
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, in association with Library of Congress, 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the United States, the art form flourished during the 1920s to the 1970s, when thousands of innovative maps were mass-produced for use as advertisements and decorative objects the golden age of American pictorial maps. Picturing America is the first book to showcase this vivid and popular genre of maps. Geographer and collector Stephen J. Hornsby gathers together 158 delightful pictorial jewels, most drawn from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Maps
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen J Hornsby; Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division,
ISBN: 022638604X 9780226386041
OCLC Number: 992172608
Notes: Maps illustrated are drawn primarily from the Fair and Parry collections at the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
Description: xi, 289 s. : ill. (chiefly color), color maps
Contents: Pictorial maps: an American genre --
Maps to amuse --
Maps to instruct --
Maps of place and region --
Maps for industry --
Maps for war --
Maps for postwar America.
Responsibility: Stephen J. Hornsby

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In the United States, the art form flourished during the 1920s to the 1970s, when thousands of innovative maps were mass-produced for use as advertisements and decorative objects the golden age of American pictorial maps. Picturing America is the first book to showcase this vivid and popular genre of maps. Geographer and collector Stephen J. Hornsby gathers together 158 delightful pictorial jewels, most drawn from the extensive collections of the Library of Congress. In his informative introduction, Hornsby outlines the development of the cartographic form, identifies several representative artists, describes the process of creating a pictorial map, and considers the significance of the form in the history of Western cartography. Organized into six thematic sections, Picturing America covers a vast swath of the pictorial map tradition during its golden age, ranging from "Maps to Amuse" to "Maps for War."

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"Fifty-eight full-color, high-quality pictorial maps that amuse, instruct, and show place and region, industry, wars, and the postwar US provide a variety of perspectives to describe the country. The Read more...

 
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