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Silicon Valley in 1982

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A 1982 pictorial map of Silicon Valley, giving a whimsical snapshot of the era’s enthusiasm and optimism while hinting at darker things to come.

This wonderful pictorial map depicts the large area at the foot of San Francisco Bay, spanning from Fremont in the East to Mountain View in the West. The emphasis is almost entirely on the ecosystem of the technology sector, with the headquarters of hundreds of firms shown, including among them giants such as Apple, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Oracle, and Siemens, as well as now-defunct (or acquired) players such as Fairchild Semiconductor, Sperry Univac and Wang.

Other important niches in the ecosystem are also represented, including universities such as San Jose State and Stanford, moving companies (Mayflower), and food (mostly Mexican). Much effort is given to emphasizing the Valley’s livability, with vignettes depicting for example the stadium of the San Jose Earthquakes (soccer), Turgeon & Lohr Winery (also in San Jose), and the Great America theme park in Santa Clara. There are also dozens of notes, some of them chipper and upbeat, others much less so: “Everybody is in the fast lane.” “Seven day work weeks are not unusual around here.” “Silicon Valley is a highly competitive place.” “There is a housing shortage here.”

Maryanne Regal Hoburg is an author and illustrator of widely-varied works such as the children’s book B.B. Bear, Basic Brown Bear (1978); the inspirational Lord, Let Me Love (1978); The San Francisco Dinner Party Cookbook (1982); See With Your Ears: The Creative Music Book (1983); and The Best Guide to Allergy (1988).

As Silicon Valley loomed ever larger in the American imagination it became the subject of other pictorial maps, such as this one of 1983 and this one of 1991, to my knowledge this map by Hoburg is the prototype.

See the details: https://bostonraremaps.com/inventory/maryanne-hoburg-silicon-valley-1982/
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Mapping California's Wildfires

NASA has released satellite imagery of California's wildfires and the New York Times has been visualizing how they have spread over the last few days.

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Lovely bird’s-eye view of Harvard College

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A handsome view of Harvard College and surrounding areas of Cambridge.

The image consists of a large bird’s-eye view of Harvard College and five smaller vignettes. The main view depicts the College as seen from the East, with Cambridge Common in the middle ground and the Charles River and Washington Tower atop Mt. Auburn Cemetery visible in the far background. The vignettes include, from left to right, the Residence of Prof. Longfellow, formally George Washingtons Headquarters during the siege of Boston; the Observatory; the Law School, the Divinity Hall; and Residence of Professor Agassiz.

Artist Julius Kummer 1817- after 1869) was born Germany and studied at the Dresden Academy. He immigrated to America in 1849, first to New York, then Boston and later to St Lewis. He specialized in landscape paintings and as a lithographer. This view is interesting in that it was painted and drawn onto the stone by the same artist, not a common occurrence in the 19th century.

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The Map of Meaning

This interactive map explains the meaning of life, the world's religions and even the meaning behind your political ideology. It is beautifully illustrated as well.

http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-map-of-meaning.html
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Early attempt to map world languages… no copies in American libraries?

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A rare work of comparative linguistics, of great interest to map collectors for being an early attempt to use thematic mapping to illustrate the distribution of and relationships between world languages.

Author Gottfried Hensel (1687-1767) was a German scholar of linguistics working in Hirschberg in Lower Silesia (now southwestern Poland). The title of his work translates to something like “Compendium of universal philology, in which the remarkable hidden harmony and unity-both obvious and recondite-of the languages of the entire world and of alphabets, syntax, and tongues is explicated.” Along these lines Wikipedia asserts that the thesis of the Synopsis is that all world languages ultimately descend from Hebrew!

The work includes four maps depicting Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, each engraved and hand colored to highlight the range of different languages and language groups and surrounded by comparative tables of important alphabets.

“[These are] the earliest linguistic maps of the four continents. Where he can, Hensel translates the first few words of the Lord’s Prayer … into local languages. Elsewhere, as in America and Africa, he notes human migrations. In Brazil, for example, evidence suggests, he says, that the first humans there came from Africa. In the box at the bottom right of Africa, he states that the map colors mark areas settled by descendants of the three sons of Noah: Japhet (“rubicundi,” here pink), Shem (“oriundos,” here yellow-orange), and Ham (“virides,” here olive green). Along the sides and at the bottom of the four maps are alphabet tables that cover most known written languages.” (Princeton University, “First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps.”)

Hensel produced a second edition of this work in 1754, which is even scarcer than the first of 1741. OCLC has numerous entries listing more than 20 copies in all, of which roughly 75% are the 1741 edition and none are in American institutions. The work is rare on the market, with RareBookHub listing only three copies (all of the 1741 edition) having appeared since 1985.

The maps alone appear more frequently on the market, almost always with the four printed on a single sheet. They are usually attributed to the Synopsis, but all descriptions I find of the work describes the maps as bound individually, which suggests that the large-format version was either issued separately or in an atlas.

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Mapping the Fallen of World War I

A Street Near You is a powerful visualization of the huge numbers of men and women who lost their lives in the First World War. If you enter your address into the map you can view the homes of the local heroes of WWI.
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Mapping the Causes of Death

The latest GBD Compare data is a great way to discover & visualize the anomalous causes of death in countries around the world. For example the disproportionate number of opioid deaths in the USA.
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The Geography Treasure Hunt Game

Can you follow the clues and reach the end of this map based treasure hunt?
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Mapping the Evolution of Brasilia

This interactive map allows you to explore the social and urban evolution of Brasilia through historical photos, aerial imagery and vintage maps of the city.
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US Election Maps

Donald Trump might consider hanging a map of the House midterm elections in the Oval office. Luckily, for the rest of us, both the New York Times and the Washington Post have created equal size cartogram maps, which provide a more accurate view of the Democrat's success in the House elections.
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