Last December political cartoonist Andy Davey posted
a modern-day caricature map that hearkens back to the eve of the First World War, when such “serio-comic” cartographic portraits were common, but fully up-to-date and relevant to the Trump-Putin era. [ Maps on the Web]
We’re familiar with
caricature maps from before and during the First World War: maps that reimagine various countries as warring animals or caricatured faces. These aren’t the only examples of persuasive cartography or of pictorial maps of this or other wars, but I imagine they’ll be front and centre at a new exhibition at The Map House, an antiquarian map seller in London. opened last week and runs until 18 November. War Map: Pictorial Conflict Maps, 1900-1950 A companion book of the same name is apparently available as of next week. [ ] Geographical
Frederick W. Rose, “Angling in Troubled Waters,” 1899. P. J. Mode Collection, Cornell University Library.
Writing for Cornell University Library’s Hyperallergic, Allison Myers explores P. J. Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography, the collection of propagandistic maps I told you about last January.
Persuasive cartography: it’s a term I haven’t encountered before, though I’ve seen kind of maps it refers to: propagandistic art that uses cartography to make a point—think of all those
caricature maps leading up to World War I. Many of them can be found in Cornell University Library’s P. J. Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography: there are more than 300 maps available online, plus some pages about the genre. (Above: a 1951 map from the French Communist Party that takes a pro-Soviet line against the U.S. military.) [ via]