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An Unusual Chronological-Timeline-World Map (1887)

JF Ptak Science Books   Quick Post

The details of this chronological chart/map caught my eye–the genealogy trees look to me very out-of-place or -time, speaking in terms of design, and seem to have a definite mid-20th century feel to them:

Maps dataviz chronology

They are found in the left section of Jakob Skeen’ s 1887 Genealogical Chronological And Geographical Chart. Embracing Biblical And Profane History Of Ancient Times From Adam To Christ, which is part of my friend P.J. Mode’s wonderful collection of what he refers to as “Persuasive Maps”, now housed at Cornell University. I don’t often see chronologies of this detail with embedded maps, which is another odd bit about this display of information; overall, it is unusual to my experience:  

Maps dataviz chronology 1887 left 
Maps datavi chronology right

By: JF Ptak Science Books
Via: Feedbin Starred Entries
Source: http://j.mp/1KKXE2t

Unusual WWII Maps by a Significant Soviet Intelligence Agent

JF Ptak Science Books  

I’ve found a number of interesting maps in the pamphlet collection here–these are highly unusual to my experience in that they were the work of a firm called “Geopress”, which was an active business and cover for a significant intelligence agent for the Soviet Union, operating in Switzerland, collecting data relating to German activities during WWII. There’s nothing I can add beyond the information that I quote extensively below from the CIA website on Rado–except that I cannot find images/examples of his Geopress work. So it seems the most efficient thing to do here is to simply quote the known sources and reproduce the images of the 18 maps and their accompanying texts.  

Geopress _4_080

As I said Rado operated Geopress as a news/cartographic service, and Rado was an accomplished cartographer, so the mans in and off themselves as maps are perhaps not a singular issue.  Their evident scarcity, however, does seem to be an issue. Also I do not understand why these maps are so small, some of which are just 1″x 3″; also the uneven;y cut/torn text sheets that are made to accompany the maps are also puzzling in their own way.  I do not understand the format–someone out there in Weblandia no doubt will.  

All of the maps shown below are from 1942. They were received by the Library of Congress in June 1943 and stamped so on the backs of the maps.  (They lived for some time in the “Pamphlet Collection” at the LC before being purchased by me in 1998.)  

The following quotes come from the CIA website, the Center for the Study of Intelligence, here:  http://j.mp/1KKXFn3]

 “Alexander (Sandor) Rado, Alexander Foote’s chief in the Swiss-based “Rote Drei” net that in 1941-43 supplied Moscow with detailed information on German order of battle… His activity in intelligence, mapping, and related fields has lasted nearly 50 years and may earn him a place in the pantheon of major intelligence figures of the times.”

And this:

“In 1936 or 1937, with Soviet funds and having a Swiss citizen as silent partner, Rado organized Geopress, a news agency specializing as Inpress had in maps and geographic background data. Geopress was more successful than Inpress because of better organization and the increased demand for news maps in the advancing shadows of World War II. As cover for an intelligence operation it proved ideal. Its normal activity—news collection and dissemination—provided justification for contacts with businessmen, officials, diplomats, journalists, and military leaders, some of whom became intelligence sources. It also justified a large volume of telephone and telegraph traffic, extensive postal business, and the maintenance of a courier system.”

And so:

“While building up his Geopress cover Rado also developed his sources, organized communications, and summarized for transmission the reports collected by his growing network. And he even found time to maintain through publications his image as an internationally known geographer.”

And:

“24 Feb. 1945.  During the German occupation of Hungary, (Rado) lived in Geneva where (he) published geographical maps for the Allied Governments until 1943; discovered by the GESTAPO and consequently his relatives in Hungary were murdered/ went with family to Paris in September 1944 and continued his work/summoned to Russia to report on his activities with the Free French Organization and left on 8 Jan. 1945 by special plane for Moscow/suspecting a trap, he got off the plane in Cairo where he remained/received no news from his wife in Paris and suspects that she might have been deported/he was formerly a Fellow of the Geographical Society in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Rome and Washington, D.C.  OFFICE OF CENSORSHIP, Egypt, 11 April 1945.”

[Again, the source for this and the above quotes:  http://j.mp/1KKXFn3]

The maps:

Geopress _3_079

 

Geopress _6_082

Geopress _7_083

Geopress _8_084

Geopress _10_086

Geopress _11_087

 

Geopress _12_088

Geopress _13_089

 

Geopress _14_090

Geopress _15_091

Geopress _16_092

Geopress _17_093

By: JF Ptak Science Books
Via: Feedbin Starred Entries
Source: http://j.mp/1R06k4v

TIL that the person who designed Star Wars’ Darth Maul was instructed to make Maul “a vision from your worst nightmare”, and based the design on an actual nightmare he had. When he presented the design to George Lucas, Lucas shuddered and told him “Give me your second worst nightmare.” via /r/todayilearned


TIL that the person who designed Star Wars’ Darth Maul was instructed to make Maul “a vision from your worst nightmare”, and based the design on an actual nightmare he had. When he presented the design to George Lucas, Lucas shuddered and told him “Give me your second worst nightmare.”

http://j.mp/1Wh45Lr

Submitted February 11, 2016 at 12:23PM by KnifeOfPi2
via reddit http://j.mp/1o8pjAL