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[F. E. Cheeseman], AVIATION CAVALCADE. Milwaukee, WI: Albert Richard, 1944.

F. E. Cheeseman’s Aviation Cavalcade

Aviation Cavalcade is an exuberant pictorial map highlighting American might near the end of WWII… published to promote, of all things, a men’s clothing company in Milwaukee!  The map depicts a huge range of American military aircraft—real and imaginary–dominating the skies over an oddly-rendered north polar projection of the world, with nary an Axis plane […]

$1,750
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U.S. Government Printing Office, [Nav War Maps 1 through 6.] Washington, D.C.: Navy Department, 1944.

Striking Second World War “Nav War Map” of the Mediterranean

A mammoth and colorful “Nav War Map” of the Mediterranean issued by the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. This impressive, separately-published propaganda map was produced in 1944 to highlight the strategic importance of the Mediterranean, which “offers many approaches to Fortress Europe.” It also emphasizes Allied successes there during the Second […]

$1,200
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R[obert] M[acfarlane] Chapin, Jr., THREE-WAY DOOM. [New York:] Time, Inc., April 2, 1945 [but a bit later.]

R. M. Chapin map of the bombing of Japan in 1945

A striking poster published in the waning months of the Second World War, showing what was left of the Japanese Empire being decimated by American bombers attacking from three directions. The map is a much-enlarged version of one printed in the April 2, issue of Time magazine. Mapmaker Robert M. Chapin (fl. 1937-1970), Chief Cartographer […]

$650
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10 War Department Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific Theatre

Ten War Dept. Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific

Ten striking propaganda Newsmaps published by the U.S. War Department during the Second World War, covering roughly the period between the surrenders of Nazi Germany and Japan. Unusual in being accompanied by their original War Department mailing envelope. This run of Newsmaps is not continuous, but all were issued between May 7 and August 13, […]

$2,500
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Edward L[indsay] Bell, WORLD STAMP CHART[:] COUNTRIES AND COLONIES LOCATED. Cambridge, Mass.: Edward L. Bell, 1948.

A rare World Stamp Chart from 1948

A rare relic of a bygone era when stamp collecting was still a big deal. The chart features a central map of the world (ca. 8”h x 13”w), surrounded by a table listing “the locations of all countries & colonies that have or are issuing postage stamps.” Each listed location is keyed to the map […]

$495
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Isaac Don Levine, “GULAG”—SLAVERY, INC. THE DOCUMENTED MAP OF FORCED LABOR CAMPS IN SOVIET RUSSIA[.] New Edition (1951)… New York: Free Trade Union Committee of the American Federation of Labor, 1951.

Anti-Communist propaganda map of the Soviet Gulag

A rare and chilling relic of the Cold War, being a “persuasive map” published with covert CIA support and documenting the vast extent of the Soviet Gulag system. So effective that many tens of thousands of copies of this and similar maps were distributed worldwide. The Gulag was created under Vladimir Lenin almost immediately after […]

$1,250
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Genevieve Foster, A TIME CHART [:] from the first date on the calendar of Egypt to the birth of the United States of America. Chicago: Denoyer-Geppert Company, 1953.

A scarce and unusual chart of world history by artist Genevieve Foster

A rare and visually striking chronological chart of world history, attempting to show the parallel development of, and interactions between, the great empires of Europe, Africa and Western and Central Asia. Like many such efforts, it presents the United States as the culmination and high point of “the story of freedom,” while giving short shrift […]

$750
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NATO [:] NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION. [Canada or the United States, 1955?]

An early map of the NATO alliance

A rare and rather spectacular map of the NATO alliance, depicting member states in blue, the Soviet Union in red, and its satellites in orange. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established in August 1949 as a mutual-defense pact to counter the Soviet bloc. NATO’s original members including the United States and 11 Western […]

$950
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