Usually Fridays are reserved for vintage school books, or occasionally, just children's books, but since atlases are often found in schools, I thought this would be the perfect occasion.
I've always loved maps and atlases. I was fascinated with the giant US and world maps we had in our elementary school classrooms... they pulled down from the top of the blackboard like a movie screen. The colors, borders, lines, rivers, oceans, cities, points of interest, capitals... not to mention, the compass, highways, lakes, mountains, deserts, all were indicated on our maps.
|Rand McNally atlases|
|My own atlas. Note how I erased my printed name, and wrote it in cursive. I'm sure I wanted to impress someone!|
|A personal note to Kruschev from little me, age 10 or so.|
I've mentioned in a past post that I don't think young people feel the same way about maps as I did, or perhaps you did. I wonder if they really learn how to read a map in school anymore. The internet and GPS systems have made navigation a thing of the past. But to me, they are fascinating.
I have quite a collection of vintage atlases. They range from the 1920s to the 1950s, and there are at least two of them from the WWII years, showing the post-1938 Hitler invasions and European divisions. So fascinating!
|Literary Guild atlases from the 20s and 30s.|
|1925 map of China|
|From a 1950s Hammond travel atlas, showing bus routes|
|WWII-era map showing Europe and it's war borders.|