Friday, June 10, 2011

Map cards

It's been a while since I've posted any map cards. If you are lost, or trying to become lost, one of these cards should prove helpful to you. If not, they're fun to look at anyway.

First up, Queen Victoria sits on her island throne and almost completely obliterates the map of Britain. Did you know that there were seven unsuccessful assassination attempts on Her Majesty?  She was shot at several times (one nitwit tried to kill her with an unloaded pistol) and whacked over the head with a walking stick. You can see below the bucket she wore on her head ever since the walking stick incident.

The following map card shows the province of La Rioja in northern Spain, famous for its wines. The sender is a young mother of 9-month old triplets, which is incomprehensible to me. How does that happen?? Oh, the wine. The young mom appears to have marked her escape route in red.

If you are lost in either Hamburg or Paris, I would not recommend these postcards. The one of Hamburg in particular gives me an anxiety attack every time I look at it.

This is me, lost in Hamburg.

Here we have a map that will get you from Königsallee to "Afrika", as long as you don't need a lot of specifics. The "Mittel Meer" is the Mediterranean Sea. The boot of Italy sticks out into Mittel Meer. There is an amazing amount of detail on this card if you zoom in on it close enough. There is even a place in the mountains with a ferris wheel and fine wieners.

Ah, something much closer to home now - South Carolina. The state motto is "I breathe when I can", an acknowledgement of the state's stupefying humidity.

Those of you who are not fluent in Latin are excused now. This is a section of a Roman travel map from the 3rd century. This section shows Noviomagi (present day Nymegen), the oldest city in The Netherlands. These maps were distributed by the Roman Automobile Club.

I leave you today with the map the Rolling Stones used to find Australia on their 1973 tour.

Such nice boys. I hear they are in their 90s and still performing.

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