This World of Ours
- Alternate Title:
- This World of Ours, Showing the New National Boundaries
- This World of Ours
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Daugherty, James Henry
- Other Creators:
- Historical Map Society, publisher. "Cartography by" Clifton, Mercedes: De Felice, Joseph; Harris, G.J. & Rosner, Charles.
- Posted Date:
- ID Number:
- File Name:
- 1920 - 1939
- Politics & Government
Between the Wars
- 56 x 84 (centimeters, height x width)
- This art deco pictorial map captures the unbounded optimism of the United States in the late 1920s. The War to End All Wars had been won, and the words of Isiah are featured prominently below a white dove: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." The map is surrounded by the flags of 52 nations, with the U.S. at the center top - and the vanquished Germany just three to the left. The American economy was booming (the map was published in February 1929), and the border frieze shows the inevitable progress of man. It begins with prehistory at the top center and moves clockwise from the slavery of Egypt through the glories of Greece and Rome to the "Chivalry" of the middle ages. From the conquest of the explorers, the illustrations progress from the Pilgrims and the Pioneers to the wonders of "Today," including the airplane, dirigible, ocean liner, locomotive, dynamo and finally, the shining family (top left) looking optimistically to the future.
James Daugherty was an American artist best known for his illustration of children's books, and this work might originally have been intended for young people. Charles Rossner, one of the four named under "cartography by," was a German-born illustrator who settled in New York after World War I. "The Historical Map Society, Times Building, New York," publisher of this work, is a mystery; I have been unable to find any reference to a Society of this name, apart from references to this map.
The collection includes a number of maps in the art deco style of the time. For others, Search > "deco".
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- Private Collection of PJ Mode
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