New Yorker's Idea of the U.S.
- Alternate Title:
- A New Yorker's Idea of the United States
- New Yorker's Idea of the U.S.
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Wallingford, Daniel K.
- Posted Date:
- ID Number:
- File Name:
- 1920 - 1939
- Work Type:
- New York City
Advertising & Promotion
- 19 x 25 on sheet 22 x 28 (centimeters, height x width)
- This humorous pictorial map of the United States takes the perspective of a New Yorker, with New York shown in oversized proportion to the entire country. A parody of the self-centered - and geographically illiterate -New Yorker: Minneapolis and Indianapolis are shown together in Michigan as “The Twin Cities
" four "Swanee Rivers” cross the South
the great lakes include "Great Salt Lake" and "Lake Louise
" Alaska abuts Montana and Oregon
Hawaii is adjacent to Java and Tahiti. The text makes the same point, for example, "We have cousins in the West. . . They live in Wilmington, Delaware." See generally Harmon 2004, 102; Phaidon 2015, 10; http://www.georgeglazer.com/archives/maps/archive-nyc/nyersideasm.html, accessed January 1, 2015; http://www.geographicus.com/P/AntiqueMap/NewYorker-wallingford-1939, accessed January 1, 2015.
This map was distributed by the Columbia University Press at the 1936 New York Times bookfair. As the verso shows, it was an advertising flyer for the newly published Columbia Encyclopedia In One Volume. (See Notes for ID #1254.02.)
This map anticipates by 40 years Saul Steinberg's famous New Yorker cover, "View of the World from Ninth Avenue," ID #1387.
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