- Alternate Title:
- Two Worlds 1950
- Two Worlds
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Chapin, Robert M.
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- 1940 - 1959
- Unusual Projection
Communism & Cold War
- 28 x 41 (centimeters, height x width)
- On this "Two Worlds" map, the dark red of the USSR fills the space, while the U.S. is barely visible over the horizon. The bold Soviet hammer and sickle emblem dominates the tiny American flag in the distance. And the accordion-pleated extensions of the USSR into Eastern Europe and Asia magnify the effect.
This map "is typical of many of the anticommunist maps that appeared in all national news journals by 1950. These maps used a north polar projection because seeing the northern latitudes from this perspective emphasized the dangerous closeness of the Soviet Union and the United States over the Arctic Circle. . . . This alarmist map perspective helped rally the American people to support expensive international anticommunism programs such as the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan." Stone 2007, 5.
The publisher of Time Magazine, along with Life and Fortune, was Henry Luce, the most powerful American media figure of his era and a fierce anti-communist. Baughman 2001, 1-5. Robert M. Chapin was an artist and long-time “Chief Cartographer” for Time. The collection includes a number of Chapin’s cold war maps reflecting Luce’s views: ID #2303, The Czar’s Will on 1944 Europe (1944); ID #1333, Communist Contagion (1946); ID #2010, West’s Germany (1949); ID #2012, Two Worlds (1950); ID ##1348.01-.02 & 1349, Europe From Moscow/Asia From Irkutsk (1952); ID #1359, Alaska (1958).
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- Time Magazine, January 2, 1950.
- Private Collection of PJ Mode
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