Photobook of the aftermath of the April 18, 1906, San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire. Published in 1906.
I love this old German bible that I bought on eBay recently. The images are a little spooky...a couple of them quite graphic. I would love to add translations to each of the images. Tom Paper 4/14/2022
The Digital Gallery is pleased to present the second exhibit in the American Revolution Series. Previously, in Exhibit 40, "George Washington and The American Revolution, 1775-1776," we displayed, through historic maps and iconic images, the course of the first two years of the war. The cause of American Independence went from elation when the American militia forced the British to retreat from Concord, Massachusetts (April 1775), to horror at the carnage at Bunker Hill (June 1775), and back to victory when the British Army was forced to evacuate Boston (March 1776). But a huge British force returned to New York (July 1776) and defeated General George Washington's army in a series of battles through late summer and autumn. The American cause was on the brink of disaster (December 1776) when Washington decided upon a bold stroke of war to save the American Revolution--and the future of the United States.
Come with us now as we jump back to catch up with the momentous story of the Campaign of 1777 and why it proved to be the Decisive Year of the American Revolution.
Note : I wish to acknowledge the contributions of my good friend Tom Paper to the development and production of this exhibit.
I love these images and the beauty, humor, strength and intelligence of women that they portray. They remind me of my wife, Eleanor.
"Charles Dana Gibson (September 14, 1867 – December 23, 1944) was an American illustrator. He was best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent Euro-American woman at the turn of the 20th century. His wife, Irene Langhorne, and her four sisters inspired his images. He published his illustrations in Life magazine and other major national publications for more than 30 years, becoming editor in 1918 and later owner of the general interest magazine." Wikipedia
Charles Dana Gibson - wikipedia
The Gibson Girl - wikipedia
Maps of the known world, by Arab cartographer, Al-Idrisi, made in 1154 for King Roger II of Sicily. Images from the Library of Congress.
The Factum Foundation has an excellent article, referred to me by Sonja Brentjes, describing the maps.
An atlas made as a complement to the famous biography of George Washington, written by Supreme Court Justice John Marshall. From the collection of Jane and Ron Gibbs.
From Wikipedia: John Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the fourth chief justice of the United States from 1801 until his death in 1835. Marshall remains the longest-serving chief justice and fourth-longest serving justice in Supreme Court history, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential justices to ever sit on the Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Supreme Court (and for one month simultaneous to his tenure as Chief Justice), Marshall served as the fourth United States Secretary of State under President John Adams.
After his appointment to the Supreme Court, Marshall began working on a biography of George Washington. He did so at the request of his close friend, Associate Justice Bushrod Washington, who had inherited the papers of his uncle. Marshall's The Life of George Washington, the first biography about a U.S. president ever published, spanned five volumes and just under one thousand pages. The first two volumes, published in 1803, were poorly-received and seen by many as an attack on the Democratic-Republican Party. Nonetheless, historians have often praised the accuracy and well-reasoned judgments of Marshall's biography, while noting his frequent paraphrases of published sources such as William Gordon's 1801 history of the Revolution and the British Annual Register. After completing the revision to his biography of Washington, Marshall prepared an abridgment. In 1833 he wrote, "I have at length completed an abridgment of the Life of Washington for the use of schools. I have endeavored to compress it as much as possible. ... After striking out every thing which in my judgment could be properly excluded the volume will contain at least 400 pages." The Abridgment was not published until 1838, three years after Marshall died.
I bought this 1889 atlas on eBay in 2019 and, just recently, I scanned it and uploaded it to The Digital Gallery. I love the pictorial images of the countries; they convey so much more than boundaries and so much more than text. I also love that the atlas was made by a coffee company, marketing itself. The Arbuckle Coffee Company was an innovative marketer, the #2 coffee company in its day and the brand still exists today. Tom Paper 11/16/2021
History of the Arbuckle Coffee Company
More history about Folger's and Arbuckle
Arbuckle Coffee in New York City
Arbuckle Coffee mentioned on Wikipedia page about home coffee roasting
"The Crusader Bible, also known as the Morgan Picture Bible, the Maciejowski Bible, and the Shah ‘Abbas Bible, is not only one of the greatest medieval manuscripts in the Morgan, it also ranks as one of the incomparable achievements of French Gothic illumination." The Morgan Library and Museum
Thumbnails of all images here.
Welcome to The Digital Gallery’s exhibit on Levi Walter Yaggy, comprising 30+ images from the late 1800's used to teach kids about geography. When I first saw his maps and images, I imagined that the creator of these fantastic and creative images must have someone like van Gogh, Warhol or Basquiat, because of my notion of what is a creative personality. Well, it turns out, I was significantly wrong. Levi Walter Yaggy, was an entrepreneur, an investor, an inventor and a farmer. He was born in 1848, the tenth of eleven children. His main business was the Western Publishing House, a company he founded when he was 26 and which grew to have over one thousand employees. His inventiveness may explain why his maps and images have flaps, dials, sliders and other mechanical elements.
As a publisher, Yaggy’s company specialized in materials for teachers. His maps came in a kit and were each substantial in size, about 2 feet x 3 feet. Our Yaggy exhibit is composed of two sub-exhibits. The first, from 1893, has nine images that represent geographic terms and climate zones of the world, as well as a relief map of the United States. An unfortunate part of his work is the propagation of the racist idea that temperate zones and their people favor superior cultural development over tropical zones and their people. However, from an information design perspective, his maps and images are exquisitely done because they are "BAZIC" (see Google Slide below). They of their simplicity, their use of color and the overall engagement they foster.
Sources:* Boston Rare Maps* Open Culture article 2019* National Geographic 2018* Collossal 2019* Yaggy Obituary* Image of Yaggy and ancestry info* Yaggy Plantation for Sale 2016. Also here.* Books by L.W. Yaggy eBay* Google Slide document about Yaggy and "View of Nature in Ascending Regions". Also describes BAZIC criteria for judging quality of a map.
Maps and images from a 1752 French geography textbook.
"The science of the people of the court of sword and robe...which contains an introduction to geography, with a particular description of all the principal parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and America."
I'm pretty sure a few of the maps originally in the book were missing when I purchased it, in particular a world map and a map of North and South America.
During the first two, precarious years of the American Revolution, the outcome was often in doubt. The Digital Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit, “George Washington and the American Revolution, 1775-1776,” to chronicle these critical times through historic maps, iconic paintings, and explanatory text. Here you can explore the maps and images related to both the defeats and eventual victories of these campaigns.
See Ron Gibbs' historical novel about George Washington and the American Revolution, The Long Shot.
October 2021: “Terrain and Tactics, British War Plan of 1776,” new article by Ronald Gibbs, Courtney Spikes and Thomas Paper. British General William Howe’s “War Plan illustrates the dichotomy of…[his]…tactical brilliance and his characteristic delays that thwarted his ultimate success. In contrast, General Washington was able to maintain the integrity of his army and keep the cause of American independence alive despite his initial defeats” (excerpt from the article). The article was published on-line in Journal of the American Revolution on October 12, 2021. To read the article, click here.
See video of Ron's February 2021 presentation to the Washington Map Society here.
See pdf of Ron's October 2020 presentation to San Francisco Map Fair here.
One map of Ireland (bogs and railroads) for now, but room for more! Requests welcome to email@example.com.
Made by the US Army in 1964, these beautifully colored maps were used "...to work out a realistic system of clothing allowances to protect the soldier at any time of the year, in any part of the world." Peveril Meigs, Ph.D, was employed by the US government as a geographer, beginning in WW2. He an American geographer "notable for his studies of arid lands on several continents and in particular for his work on the native peoples and early missions of northern Baja California, Mexico." He also was "prominent among those listed as security risks by Senator Joseph McCarthy." Wikipedia
Fascinating charts from 1826 about the history of the world by JE Worcester, famous for his "dictionary war" with Noah Webster.
From Wikipedia: Joseph Emerson Worcester (August 24, 1784 – October 27, 1865) was an American lexicographer who was the chief competitor to Noah Webster of Webster's Dictionary in the mid-nineteenth-century. Their rivalry became known as the "dictionary wars". Worcester's dictionaries focused on traditional pronunciation and spelling, unlike Noah Webster's attempts to Americanize words. Worcester was respected by American writers and his dictionary maintained a strong hold on the American marketplace until a later, posthumous version of Webster's book appeared in 1864. After Worcester's death in 1865, their war ended.
Bible pictures from 1890, created by the German painter, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld.
From Wikipedia: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (26 March 1794 – 24 May 1872) was a German painter, chiefly of Biblical subjects. As a young man he associated with the painters of the Nazarene movement who revived the florid Renaissance style in religious art. He is remembered for his extensive Picture Bible, and his designs for stained glass windows in cathedrals.
An atlas of stars made in 1896 by a famous astronomer who attended Brown University and was a founder of the Ladd Observatory.
From Wikipedia: Winslow Upton (October 12, 1853 – January 8, 1914) was an American astronomer. He published extensively on the subject of meteorology.
He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and was valedictorian when he graduated in 1875. Upton then worked as an assistant at Mitchel Observatory of the University of Cincinnati where he received his master's degree in 1877. He later received an honorary doctorate from Brown in 1906.
He became an assistant astronomer at the Harvard Observatory in 1877. During this time he wrote a parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore titled Observatory Pinafore. Then he became an assistant engineer for the U. S. Lake Survey from 1879. In 1880 he was a computer at the U.S. Naval Observatory. He was a computer and assistant professor at the U.S. Signal Service in 1881. He was appointed professor and head of the department of astronomy at Brown in 1884. He then became director of Ladd Observatory when it opened in 1891. During his tenure Upton also served as secretary of the faculty and dean at Brown.
He was a member of the U. S. government eclipse expeditions of 1878 and 1883, also of two private expeditions sent out in 1887 and 1889, and in 1896-97 was attached to the southern station of Harvard University at Arequipa, Peru. His systematic research studying meteorology during solar eclipses has been described as "pioneering."
He married Cornelia Augusta Babcock in 1882 and they had two children. Eleanor Stuart Upton was a librarian at the John Carter Brown Library and Yale University Library. Margaret Frances Upton taught bacteriology. She was also a lab technician and research assistant at hospitals.
18 images from 1633 about the barbarity and tragedy of war. A watershed in art history, as a prominent artist departed from depictions of war that were heroic and just.
Thanks to the following individuals for their help in this exhibit:* Translations: Julie Bancilhon (firstname.lastname@example.org) * Research: David Williams (Dawcoronado92@gmail.com)* Scholarly research: Katie Hornstein (https://faculty-directory.dartmouth.edu/katie-horn...) and (https://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bulletinfront/0054307...)
Wikipedia - The Great Miseries of War
This atlas, from the David Rumsey collection, is a treasure trove of imagery from the early 18th century. There's an ornate drawing of the German Emperor, a dozen beautiful celestial maps, a drawing of a wooden world clock with a map in its center, a drawing of fortress types, a drawing of a sailing warship and its parts, a drawing of whale types and whaling business activities, a glorious world map (of which we have a copy in our living room), incredible cartouches throughout, beautiful city maps of Stockholm, Venice, Vienna, Frankfurt and Constantinople, and several maps where California is depicted as an island. Also noteworthy is that several parts of the world remain undiscovered and unmapped, including Australia and New Zealand and the area from California up to the arctic.
Images of an astrolabe, an octant and a sextant, all instruments of navigation from the collection of Jane and Ron Gibbs. Shot in the studio of Tom Paper.
Presentations for the BAM Group, part of the California Map Society, on February 5, 2022, held on Zoom.
Playlist of videos of each of the presentations: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRVoFfpyQubgSMO...
Chat from meeting here.
Dan Scollon's GIS links here.
GLAM (Greater Los Angeles Mappers) and CMS (California Map Society) Holiday Cocoa Event 2021-12-04
Chat from event here
Timeline charts from an 1883 US history book, remarkably informative and great information design.
I bought this 1883 US history book by J.C. Ridpath on eBay in 2019. In November 2021, I collected hi-res images of the timelines and maps in the book and then converted them into this exhibit for The Digital Gallery.
The eight-speaker event took place on Zoom on November 30th, 2021, at 6pm UK time.
IMCoS Event Page
Playlist of all videos here.
Chat from meeting here and below:
17:46:14 From maria rogante to Everyone:
good evening, i'm from Iyaly, absolutely excited to listen this conference
17:48:14 From Tom Paper to Everyone:
To see images for today's presentation, go to https://www.thedigitalgallery.org/exhibits/194
17:59:16 From Ana Soto-Canino to Everyone:
Good day or evening to all. Ana here in the grey northeast coast, USA.
17:59:49 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
17:59:58 From Catherine NJ to Everyone:
18:00:08 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
18:00:28 From maria rogante to Everyone:
7 PM, Italy
18:00:37 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
18:01:03 From Stephen Nagler to Everyone:
Hello from sunny Knoxville, TN
18:01:12 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
18:01:16 From Catherine NJ to Everyone:
18:01:29 From Stephen Nagler to Everyone:
18:01:42 From Carey Gordon to Everyone:
Hi from Florida, 1 pm here
18:02:05 From Mark Mavroudis to Everyone:
Hello from Cupertino, CA - 10am here
18:03:35 From Tom Paper to Everyone:
to see the slides for today's presentation, go to https://www.thedigitalgallery.org/exhibits/194
18:09:05 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
Hi Mark M
18:09:16 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
18:10:42 From Franca Tegliucci to Everyone:
Hi everyone from Rome. My name is Franca Tegliucci
18:10:57 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
Hi Franca! Thanks for coming!
18:10:58 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
Hello Franca - Welcome!
18:12:48 From Flavio Ruzzene to Everyone:
Hi everyone from Veneto.Flavio
18:13:17 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
Hi Flavio. Hope it is warmer in the Veneto than in Northern England!
18:16:20 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
Perhaps remind people where the raise hand icon is!
18:19:34 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
Please feel free to place questions in the chat. We will ask them when either directly after the speaker finishes speaking or during the Q&A period at the end of the event.
18:27:26 From John Docktor to Everyone:
Is there anything on the verso?
18:31:11 From Ana Soto-Canino to Everyone:
Laurence, it would be an interesting project for a secondary school student to determine which graphic devices found in this artifact might still be found in current rail maps, say, even the London underground rail system, or the NYC subway. The exploration would deal with something thus: To what extent did these artifacts of the 1800s manage to “tool” our 20th century cartographic vocabulary for the display of railway lines.
18:31:58 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
1859 Belgian railway map by Leloup: link to KBR digitization of one of their copies https://opac.kbr.be/LIBRARY/doc/SYRACUSE/17108800
18:34:24 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
18:43:03 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
French Wikipedia is very good on Philippe Vandermaelen and l’Établissement géographique de Bruxelles, who produced the Leloup map https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Vandermaele...
18:48:54 From Andrew Kapochunas to Everyone:
Did Plato ever approach USPS about incorporating his system of addressing in rural areas?
18:50:03 From Stephen Nagler to Everyone:
Was either the clock or compass system copied by others later, and if so where else was it applied?
18:50:19 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
Sorry, forgot to unmute 😆
18:51:09 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
Do you think Plato was aware of the arrondissements of Paris, which are arranged in a spiral?
18:51:12 From Ana Soto-Canino to Everyone:
Mr. Hoffeld, thank you. Lovely chart. Just yesterday I learnt of Basil Brown’s endeavors regarding not just archaeological efforts in the late 1930s at Sutton Hoo, but also in gathering data for astronomical charts, and while also trying to make them accessible “to the common man” , as he once supposedly said. Your star chart came to me just in time to literally add color to my findings about B. Brown, all new to me.
18:52:17 From Mark Mavroudis to Everyone:
Hello everyone. I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying these fascinating presentations. Not a collector or researching - just someone who enjoys looking at maps.
18:52:42 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
Thanks, Mark, we are glad you can be here.
18:52:46 From Ana Soto-Canino to Everyone:
Thank you folks! Lovely gathering. But not it’s the post-lunch-work hours here in NJ USA, so I must leave early. Thank you to all presenters for sharing!
18:53:05 From Tom Paper to Everyone:
Thanks you, Mark! Loved that map and the "system" of tracking...
18:53:16 From Catherine NJ to Everyone:
really loving it all. I just love maps 🙂
18:53:37 From Tom Paper to Everyone:
Laurence - a fascinating map, thank you for sharing...I will be exploring that map further...and also looking for a high res version
18:54:21 From Tom Paper to Everyone:
Peter - thank you for a great presentation...I wonder if eminent domain is displayed somehow in the map
18:54:46 From Tom Paper to Everyone:
Marc - thank you for a great presentation...colors are fantastic
18:54:49 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
Thanks Ana! Indeed it would be really productive to see what students could do with the iconography and overall idea applied to modern data, maybe different modes of travel.
18:55:50 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
Ana: Also worth noting is that the first general maps that included railways were the old plates re-engraved with the new lines, so they had to be distinct from roads, rivers & boundaries.
18:56:51 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
Tom: good to hear, I’d love to hear what you discover, ponder or conclude!
19:03:23 From Franca Tegliucci to Everyone:
This is a real gorgeous map.
19:07:08 From Mark Rogers to Everyone:
Fantastic detail to this map :)
19:12:40 From LARRY ROBBINS to Everyone:
Greetings from Auckland New Zealand. Thanks for the opportunity today. Our day is just starting so with reluctance I must leave. I was IMCOS member for many years. Must rejoin! Thanks again.
19:12:59 From Mike Sweeting to Everyone:
Glad you can join us Larry!
19:22:21 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
Please do post any questions you might have here in the chat.
19:31:31 From Mark Mavroudis to Everyone:
Thank you for sharing all the beautiful maps today.
19:37:06 From Flavio Ruzzene to Everyone:
Thak you !!!
19:37:45 From Flavio Ruzzene to Everyone:
Thank you !!!!!
19:45:54 From Carey Gordon to Everyone:
For Martin van Bauman: What resources do you use translate the place names from those on the map to modern names?
19:46:45 From Ramon Sieveking to Everyone:
My first virtual experience with IMCoS. It was very interesting. Thank you for sharing your maps with us. Greetings from Germany.
19:52:22 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
For Katie: Could you comment on the production (or lack of it) of printed versions of this genre of military map?
19:52:56 From Sylvia Sumira to Everyone:
19:53:54 From Sylvia Sumira to Everyone:
Accidental symbol typo! Just like to say thank you to everyone for an interesting and varied evening .
19:55:26 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
19:55:29 From Jay to Everyone:
How soon do we get to do this again?
19:56:20 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
19:56:26 From Mark Monmonier to Everyone:
Thanks for organizing and orchestrating this session, Mike. Informative and enjoyable.
19:56:31 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com about the Leloup Belgium map
19:56:41 From Franca Tegliucci to Everyone:
Thanks a lot for your very interesting conference. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful maps.
19:56:52 From Catherine NJ to Everyone:
thanks so much
19:56:54 From Laurence Penney to Everyone:
Thanks tons for organizing this, a fine evening.
19:56:57 From Mark Rogers to Everyone:
Great show and tell thank you :)
19:57:39 From Steve Belcher to Everyone:
19:57:50 From Emmie’s iPad to Everyone:
Thank you very much
19:57:54 From Stephen Nagler to Everyone:
Thanks very much to the speakers and organizers!
19:57:54 From Marc Hoffeld to Everyone:
Thank you !
19:58:19 From Mark Monmonier to Everyone:
19:58:40 From Flavio Ruzzene to Everyone:
Thanks so much
20:04:51 From Katherine Parker to Everyone:
I have to head off, have a great night everyone!
2021 CMS Fall Conference. Hosted by CMS Vice President Courtney Spikes on September 25, 2021. Playlist of all videos.
Sean Conway makes 2D maps look like they are 3D. Amazing.
Exhibit has images from a talk by Sean Conway, 9/25/2021, for the California Map Society Fall Conference. Title of talk: "Breaking the Third Wall: Going Beyond Traditional Hillshade," by Mr. Sean Conway, Orthoimagery Technical Expert. Mr. Conway uses his formidable technology skills to transform vintage maps into stunning, three-dimensional relief maps by meticulously rendering elevation data. You can see some of his work at Muir Way.
Created 9/22/2021 for Stephanie Curci by Tom Paper.
68 maps in total.
Presentations for the BAM Group, part of the California Map Society, on August 18, 2021 at the home of Tom Paper & Eleanor Bigelow.
Welcome to our special exhibit for San Francisco Giants Enterprises Maritime, following the route of the California Spirit cruise around the San Francisco Bay, starting and ending at Pier 40, the marina closest to the ballpark.
If you'd like to book a cruise or for information on other experiences, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-947-3200 or visit https://giantsenterprises.com/yacht-charters/.
Antique maps & geospatial analytics. How I help companies make better decisions using lessons from history's greatest cartographers.
Link to video of talk (June 30, 2021)
Google Presentation Deck
Google Doc - Text of remarks
Presentation by Tom Paper to The Economic Roundtable of San Francisco on June 30, 2021.
Tom Paper is the Managing Partner of Webster Pacific and the Founder of The Digital Gallery. Tom is originally from Minnesota, one of four kids; he has three sisters and went to a summer camp in Northern Minnesota that led him on wilderness canoeing expeditions where he often was the navigator; he attended Williams College where he studied economics and environmental studies and then worked as a grain trader in South Dakota and a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston. He then attended the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, before joining his family’s business which makes bolts & forgings for the railroads of north america. He then became the CFO of a timber and lumber company and then was president of a coffee roasting business. In 2003, he established Webster Pacific, a ten-person consulting firm which helps companies make better decisions using data, analytics, geospatial analytics and a lot of common sense and little a bit of wisdom. Most importantly, he is married to Eleanor Bigelow, with whom he has raised two children. Tom lives in San Francisco in an 1887 Victorian, which, after his wife and children, has been the recipient of all of his earnings.
Images of the human body from the mid-1700's by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, 1696 - 1770, a German anatomist. From the collection of Richard Breiman.
Please join us for our four June lectures. All lectures are free but registration is necessary. Information and links are below.
June 9, 2021, 7pm GMT - The Malcolm Young Lecture, Daniel Crouch, A Protestant Wind or Hot Air? A study of the Astor Armada drawings, (video of talk here) TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/153323088485
June 16, 2021, 2pm GMT - Peter Geldart, Mapping the British Occupation of Manila 1762–64, (video of talk here) TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152104628037
June 23, 2021, 7pm GMT - Paula van Gestel, Wall maps published in the Netherlands between c.1550 and 1850, TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152108419377
June 30, 2021, 7pm GMT - Wes Brown, Alzate y Ramirez and the mapping of New Spain, (video of talk here) TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152109701211
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Chat for May 1, 2021 meeting is here
The California Map Society 2021 Spring Conference is happening May 1st and May 15th. To register for the May 1st Zoom session, click https://bit.ly/2O5d8a9. To register for the May 15th Zoom session, click https://bit.ly/3fxPT3I. Both sessions are free and open to the public.
May 1, 2021
May 15, 2021
Twelve key maps describing the history of San Francisco. Presented to the California Map Society, May 15, 2021, by Jim Schein and Tom Paper.
Welcome to The Digital Gallery’s exhibit of the Brittania Depicta, a road atlas of Britain published in 1720 by John Owen and engraved by Emanuel Bowen. This atlas was based on the Britannia atlas of 1675 created by John Ogilby.
Video 2 can be found here or in curated text of 1st image in exhibit.
2nd introductory video by Tom Paper here.Images of Visscher Atlas from David Rumsey.Google doc of introductory remarks by Tom Paper here.See TDG exhibit of the Ferraris Atlas of 1775 here.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, cities’ local chambers of commerce and other civic organizations prepared and sponsored their own maps as ways to advertise the existing commercial activity. Pictorial maps are also known as "illustrated maps, panoramic maps, perspective maps, bird's-eye view maps, and geopictorial maps." This style of map commonly uses a 3-D perspective and heightened angle, typically not drawn to scale. Wikipedia
"Somewhat like the websites of their time, every town sought to have one [panoramic map] to remain competitive in attracting industry and the immigrant trade. Sometimes artistic exaggeration bordered on the fraudulent, as some travelers were drawn by images of idyllic, bustling towns with humming factories only to find a sad little bunch of mud-soaked shacks when they got there." Wikipedia
Five main artists/cartographers created over 55% of the Library of Congress’ panoramic map collection, likely due to the long process of creating each map. Artists would walk city streets, sketching notable trees, buildings, and landmarks, later combining the sketches and raising the visual angle to accurately depict the landscape.
Advancements in artistic technologies (lithography, engraving, etc.) allowed for expedited pictorial map recreation. Popular, and heavily detailed, city maps functioned in local homes as wall decor, promoting personal civic pride. Hosts were able to point out to visitors exactly where they lived, worked, and socialized, heightening the relationship between identity and locale. While production occurred throughout the country, the demand for city promotion was higher north of the Mason-Dixon line.
Many of these maps (both originals and modern recreations) are still popular today for their detail and visual appeal. Panoramic pictorial maps serve as the main way that the “vitality of America’s urban centers” was graphically documented.
For Minnesota specifically, these maps showcase the state's history and growth through mining, milling, timber, and railroads. Minnesota is also notorious for its plethora of lakes and associated recreational activities. The cities showcased in this exhibit represent the metropolitan growth of both Minnesota, and the Midwest as a whole.
Minnesota Wikipedia Page
Library of Congress, Panoramic Mapping
Our ten presenters are a mix - famous names and new faces - whether collector, dealer, enthusiast or academic, each is passionate about what they will be bringing before us. The contributed items are an equal mix - maps, a globe, an atlas, and town plans. The significance of these contributions ranges from the historical and topographical to the cultural and the linguistic. The items range from the 16th to the 20th Centuries.Speaker Video Playlist on Youtubehttps://www.imcos.org/
This exhibit has been created by Peter Hiller, Curator of The Jo Mora Trust and Nancy Grossman. Here by author and researcher Nancy W. Grossman shares with Digital Gallery viewers her introduction to Jo Mora as found in her book Jo Mora's Carte of Los Angeles: A Trail Guide published in December 2019.
Further in the digital exhibit, the dots found on the map correspond to a few of the sections in her book each of which articulates the significance of those vignettes found on Jo Mora's carte...
"Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora. How does one begin to summarize such an
Jo Mora, Renaissance Man of the West, is the phrase I come upon most,
that and Jo Mora, cowboy cartographer. This man is also a writer, a painter, illustrator and muralist, sculptor and photographer, and a cartoonist and
comic artist, which will come as no
surprise to fans of his cartes. He even
designs a 1925 half dollar coin for the
US Mint commemorating the state of
California’s 75th anniversary.
During an insurgency in 1877,
the Mora family flees Uruguay. Jo is
a year old at the time; his brother
Luis is three. They go first to Barcelona, finally arriving in the US in
1880, where they settle in the greater New York area. Both boys are already deep into the making of art; at
the ages of eight and ten respectively, they consider creating a twenty-
foot mural of the Iroquois Indian wars,
though there’s no record of them actually doing so.
Their father Domingo is an accomplished sculptor. Jo and Luis attend
primary school in Perth Amboy and
grammar school in Allston, Massachusetts. At 15, Jo completes the Boston Latin School, and graduates from the Pingry Academy in Elizabeth,
New Jersey in 1894. Both study sculpture under their father, who teaches
art in Perth Amboy, Boston and New York City.
By 1895 Jo’s studying at the Art Students League, the Chase School of
Art in New York and the Cowles Art School in Boston – and, at 19, has
already produced poster murals for the Clermont Skating Rink in Brooklyn. Returning to Boston, Jo goes to work first for the Boston Traveler and
then becomes a member of the Boston Herald art staff for the next four
years, illustrating articles plus various books.
In 1903, he takes a trip west, working as a cowpuncher on
a ranch in Solvang near the Mission Santa Ines, which inspires him to
travel the entire Camino Real and sketch the Missions he saw. In 1904 he
travels by mule-drawn wagon across Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia
National Park and the Mojave Desert to Needles on his way to the Hopi mesas in Arizona. In Arizona, he is permitted to witness the Hopi Snake Dance, then
sets to both photographing and producing detailed artwork of the
ceremonies of the Hopi and Navaho tribes he’s gotten to know over
two years of living among them.
Upon settling back in California he will marry Grace Needham, of San Jose, CA., at the Mission San Gabriel in 1907 and start to raise his soon to be born children Jo, Jr. and patty.
Mora publishes twelve of his iconic cartes over his lifetime. The first, Monterey Peninsula, his second, The 17 Mile Drive, and the first version of
California all come out in 1927. San Diego appears in 1928. The three
national parks, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, all come out in
1931. Grace Line Fleet to the Old Spanish Main and Evolution of the Cowboy:
Levi’s Round-Up of Cowboy Lore are published in 1933; the latter is a poster
rather than a map, as is his Indians of North America in 1936. Carmel-by-
the-Sea and Los Angeles are both issued in 1942. A second, smaller version
of California will be his last, in 1945. An unfinished pencil rendering of a
map of Catalina is found after his death.
But cartes are hardly all Jo Mora does. This man’s work is as varied
as it is prolific. Starting out collaborating with his father, he finds himself
working on huge architectural projects. In Los Angeles, at least four
buildings include his work, including the Palace Theatre; he is assisting
his father on four sculpted allegorical panels representing song, dance, music and drama when his father dies while this commission is still in
progress. Mora completes it.
In San Jose, Mora creates two heroic male sphinx figures for the
Scottish Rite Temple [today the San Jose Athletic Club], plus bas-reliefs
over its entrance and throughout the building. He provides decorative
elements for the Monterey County Courthouse, as well as numerous
detailed panels for the King City High School auditorium. In Carmel, he sculpts Father Junipero Serra’s cenotaph, an altar and a cross.
He creates pediments and bas-relief panels for four buildings in San
Francisco; his Miguel de Cervantes looks down on his Don Quixote and
Sancho Panza in the Golden Gate Park.
A marble bench with sculpted bears
by Mora sits in front of the Sather
Tower on the UC Berkeley campus. He
creates the main entrance doorway and
sculptures of bears to support fountains for the Union Wool Building in
Boston. He designs a number of homes himself.
Architectural work is just one facet of Mora’s endless creativity. He designs everything from ordinary scale sculptures, many of cowboys breaking broncs, to “heroic” (larger than life) sculptures, to bronze plaques and
vast murals. He creates fifteen or more dioramas, thirteen for the Will
Rogers Memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma.
One diorama, exhibited at the California State Building at the 1939
Golden Gate International Exposition, is a one-hundred-foot-long depiction of the 1769 Portolá Expedition. Tragically, it is destroyed in a fire six
months after the opening of the fair.
Mora illustrates countless books, both his own and for those of others.
He designs bookends, trophies, coins and scrip certificates for use in Carmel during the Depression. He sculpts his son Jo Jr. at three years of age,
reata in hand, breaking a hobby horse."
Nancy's book is an annotated look at all of the details seen on Jo Mora's carte of Los Angeles. To purchase the book:https://jomoratrailguides.com/https://www.nancygrossmanbooks.com/my-publicationsNancy Grossman's emailPeter Hiller's email
These colossi are cartographic curiosities as they were included along with two other images of colossal figures in Matthaus Seutter’s Atlas Novus published in 1728 and 1730. Four additional maps from this atlas are included in the exhibit because of their elaborate and artistic cartouches.
Matthaus Seutter the elder (1678-1757) was an engraver, globe maker and map publisher based in Augsburg, Germany. He apprenticed with Johann Baptist Homann in Nuremberg and was awarded the title of Imperial Geographer by Karl VI in 1731. By 1732, Seutter was one of the most prolific publishers of his time and was honored by the German Emperor Charles VI with the title of “Imperial Geographer”. He continued to publish until his death in 1757.
From the collection of Rich Breiman.
An exhibit about Jo Mora's carte of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where Jo lived from 1920 until he passed away in 1947.
Click here to read Peter Hiller's account of Jo's work on this spectacular pictorial map.
This exhibit is of Ortelius, his atlases and his concentration on the Holy Land and its surroundings. From the collection of Leonard and Juliet Rothman, which can be found at Stanford University SearchWorks. Exhibit launched January 2, 2021.
These 17th century maps, while beautiful and informative, are enhanced by vignettes that depict inhabitants in their native costumes from areas included on the maps as well as city maps or biblical scenes. From the collection of Rich Breiman.
This exhibit describes how to use The Digital Gallery. If you have questions or comments, please don't hesitate to email Tom Paper or Courtney Spikes.
Videos, maps and images from the Bay Area Map Group (BAM) meeting January 16 2021. (Exhibit 117) Speakers were Eliane Dotson, Ron Gibbs, Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Mike Schembri, Ken Habeeb, Susan Powell and Susan Schulten.
Link to chat from the meeting.
The Bay Area Map Group is a part of The California Map Society.
Maps about the American South in the 19th Century, especially about cotton and slavery. Created as a supplement to a class hosted on October 21st, 2020 by my friend, Jan van Eck. The presentation was led by Steven Mintz of the University of Texas at Austin. The first map, however, is of Africa and was featured in a book called "America in 100 Maps" by Susan Schulten; it is a British map highlighting the extreme competition between the British and other countries over slave trading. My other favorite maps are Lincoln's slavery map from 1861 and the Armour map of commodities across the US, as well as the Reynold's 1856 map of the divided nature of the country in 1856, which features telling statistics about population of whites and slaves. Resources:* See stats about slavery and the south here.* Steven Mintz of the University of Texas at Austin. * Interview of Sven Beckert, regarded as "the" author of the book on cotton, by Christopher Lydon on Open Source* Wikipedia entry on "cotton mills"* Episode 2 of the New York Times podcast "1619" starting at around 7:30.* van Eck course outline
Tom Paper 11/1/2020
25 maps from 1775 of Belgium by the Austrian cartographer Ferraris. Incredible cartouches.
See the Visscher Atlas of 1690, click here.
Remarks by Tom Paper in video here.
20 Famous Belgians
17 images about The Carta Marina of 1516, by Martin Waldseemuller, most famous for a map called "America's Birth Certificate." Based on a talk by Chet Van Duzer from May 2020.
Library of Congress images here.Watch Chet Van Duzer’s entire talk from May 2020 on YouTube here.Read the announcement about Chet Van Duzer’s talk here.Read Tom Paper’s summary of the talk here.Read about Martin Waldseemuller here.
>>>Link here for a November 20, 2020 talk given by Van Duzer about an unstudied map of the world from 1535. Sponsored by NYU.
One map for now, but soon to be an exhibit of historical election maps. Tom Paper 11/4/2020
Appointed by Emperor Napoleon III in 1853, Seine Prefect and city planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809-1891) reconfigured the map of France’s capital into the ‘city of light’ we celebrate today. The Digital Gallery is pleased to offer the exhibit Paris Transformed as part of the California Map Society's annual conference which took place on 25 April 2020. Here you can explore maps and images related to Paris during its transformation under the regimes of the Second Empire (1852-1870) and Third Republic (1870-1940). Curated by C. Spikes.
Various maps and engravings that were among the illustrations included in the publications of Captain Cook's journals that served as a first hand account of the experiences of Cook and the crew on each of his three 18th century voyages. These voyages resulted in monumental discoveries of previous unknown lands, people, animals and plants. They were responsible for changing conceptions off the world, particularly the Pacific Ocean from Australia to North America. The official British Admiralty authorized journal publications in total include 8 volumes of text, maps and engravings (3 volumes for the 1st and 3rd voyages and 2 volumes for the 2nd voyage and an atlas of engravings that accompanied the journal of the 3rd voyage).
An exhibit about Jo Mora's travels in Yosemite and the corresponding map and its variations. This exhibit was created in September 2020 by Peter Hiller, Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator, and Tom Paper and Courtney Spikes. More information about Jo Mora is available at www.jomoratrust.com.
"Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (August 16, 1650 – December 9, 1718) was an Italian Franciscan friar, cosmographer, cartographer, publisher, and encyclopedist known in particular for his atlases and globes. He spent most of his life in Venice. Vincenzo Coronelli was born, probably in Venice, on August 16, 1650, the fifth child of a Venetian tailor named Maffio Coronelli. At ten, young Vincenzo was sent to the city of Ravenna and was apprenticed to a xylographer. In 1663 he was accepted into the Conventual Franciscans, becoming a novice in 1665. At age sixteen he published the first of his one hundred forty separate works. In 1671 he entered the Convent of Saint Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, and in 1672 Coronelli was sent by the order to the College of Saint Bonaventura and Saints Apostoli in Rome where he earned his doctor’s degree in theology in 1674. He excelled in the study of both astronomy and Euclid. A little before 1678, Coronelli began working as a geographer and was commissioned to make a set of terrestrial and celestial globes for Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma. Each finely crafted globe was five feet in diameter (c. 175 cm) and so impressed the Duke that he made Coronelli his theologian. Coronelli's renown as a theologian grew and in 1699 he was appointed Father General of the Franciscan order."
Coronelli Globes at the Bibliotheque Nationale, Francois Mitterand Library
Article on Coronelli from Academia.edu
This exhibit was first presented by Jim Schein and Tom Paper on April 18, 2019, at the offices of Webster Pacific in downtown San Francisco. The date, April 18, was the anniversary of the great earthquake and fire of 1906. The exhibit was a pop-up, which meant that it was put up and taken down within a span of six hours. Every image was printed and mounted onto a posterboard and then rested on a portable easel. The exhibit remains available as a popup for venues that have 150 lineal feet of wall-space.
An exhibit of title pages from the collection of Rich Breiman.
A collection of railroad and canal maps from The David Rumsey Center at Stanford University.
A collection of railroad and canal maps from the Library of Congress
This exhibit was put together by Ken Habeeb and Tom Paper when Ken had a map whose origin he did not know. Ken presented about his map, the one Tom Paper found at Rumsey, which is the Arrowsmith map, as well as the 1804 Wilkinson map, also from Rumsey, that has far more information on it. Ken spoke about both of these maps in his presentation on February 5, 2022 to the Bay Area Map Group.
French history of ancient Egypt, published in 1839, twenty years before the construction of the Suez Canal began.
A French history of the United States from 1837.
Pictures of San Francisco and California from 1906, apparently before April 18, 1906, when the great earthquake happened. This book was a gift to me (Tom Paper) from my wife, Eleanor Bigelow, in early 2022.
Images from the first years (1842-1861) of a British magazine known for humor and satire.
Exploration of typefaces, from ancient to modern.
A gift from my wife Eleanor, this exhibit is of images from a small guidebook about London from 1930.
A review of the history of Boston, written in 1882, with several facsimiles of important historical maps and panoramas of Boston.