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Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • 9 Vintage Maps of Chicago You Must See

    Chicago

    Chicago has always been one of America's most iconic cities. Sitting in the heart of the Midwest, since the dawn of the country the Windy City has always been a passageway for travelers traveling from coast to coast. The diverse city has been a nexus of American culture. Many consider it the metropolis that best exemplifies the national architecture, as the sky scraper was birthed there (arguably) and the country's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was based out of there for much of his career. Chicago is a city, like San Francisco, that very much has a unified architectural style. That is largely the result of the Chicago Fire og 1871. The fire completely decimated the city. And like the San Francisco 1906 earthquake, had to be practically rebuilt from the ground up. Here are 9 amazing maps--some before the fire and others fire from 1859-1938. Enjoy!

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  • Watch Hollywood Grow Through History in 9 Maps

    Hollywood

    Hollywood was originally known as the Cauhenga Valley in the mid 19th century. However, in 1886 H.J. Whitley dubbed the area Hollywood and the name stuck. By the turn of the century the neighborhood had grown to become a small town. By 1912, major film making companies  had taken up shop in Los Angeles. In those days, Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company held many patents with film technology. It drove a lot of filmmakers out west, and coupled with the bright sun year round weather of Southern California, Paramount, Warner Brothers, RKO and Columbia all became headquartered in the neighborhood. After that, the rest is history, as Hollywood's reputation in teh 1920s as Tinseltown became solidified--rife with movie stars glamour and film industry hedonistic excess. Visualize the development if this particular patch of the world globe in the following nine beautiful maps.

    H.H. Wilcox & Co 1887 Map of Hollywood

    H.H. Wilcox was one of the very firs people in history to own property in the newly dubbed Hollywood area. Him and his wife Daeida named dubbed their ranch Hollywood after moving from the midwest. H.H. Wilcox & Co was his real estate company.

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  • 9 Breathtaking Maps of the Moon

    Mapping the Moon

    The moon is the nearest celestial body to earth in the solar system. Besides providing light at night it also controls the tides. An incredibly important object in history along with mythology, many works of art have also been inspired by it. As such, drawings and maps of the moon have been prevalent throughout history and show up relatively early in the history of cartography. Many of these maps capture the beauty and mystery of the object itself. Still, NASA and other organizations like the United States Geographical Survey continue to make new maps of the moon and discover new things in the process. Here is a brief history of mapping the moon over the past 500 years.

    1647 Map of the Moon

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