Maps and Cartography

Profiling interesting maps and geography items. Also listed in this category are articles relating to cartography (aka map making) and cartographic techniques.

Paper Maps Refuse to Die in the Digital Age

Memphis Map for Elvis Fans by Alan and Andrea Grossman with hand-drawn illustrations.Memphis Map for Elvis Fans by Alan and Andrea Grossman with hand-drawn illustrations.

In today’s era of digital maps, the use of paper maps might seem a bit antiquated. When Google Maps are easily accessible through any computer, tablet, or smartphone, pulling out a paper map appears to be as old-fashioned as using a rotary telephone or listening to a vinyl record. There […]

Photozincography: Advances in Cartography

Swing base and copy board form Photo-mechanical processes : a practical guide to photo-zincography, photo-lithography, and collotype (1897)Swing base and copy board form Photo-mechanical processes : a practical guide to photo-zincography, photo-lithography, and collotype (1897)

Photozincography, or heliozincography, was a revolutionary way of copying photographic negatives onto zinc to be used for map making, outlines, engravings, and the reproduction of images.