Old Pictorial Map of Eastern Hemisphere Air Routes by BOAC, 1949: Mid-Twentieth Century Aviation
Old Pictorial Map of Eastern Hemisphere Air Routes by BOAC, 1949: Mid-Twentieth Century Aviation
Old Pictorial Map of Eastern Hemisphere Air Routes by BOAC, 1949: Mid-Twentieth Century Aviation
Old Pictorial Map of Eastern Hemisphere Air Routes by BOAC, 1949: Mid-Twentieth Century Aviation

Old Pictorial Map of Eastern Hemisphere Air Routes by BOAC, 1949: Mid-Twentieth Century Aviation

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The 'BOAC World Air Routes. Eastern Hemisphere.' map, first published in 1949 by BOAC, is a captivating historical document that invites the viewer to journey back in time to the mid-twentieth century. This map, which is primarily focused on the Eastern Hemisphere, provides a detailed view of the world as it was known then. The richly detailed map, which is a thematic and pictorial style, showcases the air routes of the time, providing a fascinating glimpse into the history of aviation. Notably, the map features illustrations of significant sites and figures representing peoples, adding a layer of cultural and historical depth to the geographical information.

The map's pictorial nature serves as a visual feast, with illustrations that bring to life the diverse cultures and landmarks of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Each region is depicted with its unique features, from the architectural wonders of Europe to the diverse wildlife of Africa, the ancient civilizations of Asia, and the natural beauty of Oceania. These illustrations, combined with the air routes, create a vivid picture of the world as it was interconnected by air travel in the mid-twentieth century.

The map's thematic style is not just aesthetically pleasing but also informative. The air routes are clearly marked, showing the viewer the major flight paths of the time. The inclusion of a legend further enhances the map's utility, providing a key to the various symbols and illustrations. This thematic approach to cartography, which combines geographical data with other information, makes the map an interesting historical document that offers insights into the world of 1949.

The 'BOAC World Air Routes. Eastern Hemisphere.' map is not just a geographical representation of the world; it is a historical and cultural artifact. It captures a snapshot of the world in 1949, a time when air travel was transforming the way people connected with each other and the world. This map, with its rich details and thematic style, is more than just a navigational tool; it is a window into the past, offering viewers a chance to explore the world as it was more than seven decades ago. It is an interesting map that will undoubtedly appeal to those with a love for history, cartography, and travel.

  • Cartographic Style and Projection
  • The map is presented in a thematic style, integrating various types of information.
  • It is a pictorial map, offering visually engaging illustrations.
  • The map displays the Eastern Hemisphere, covering a large geographical area.
  • It highlights the air routes of the mid-twentieth century, showing the interconnectedness of the world through aviation.
  • The map includes a legend, providing a key to its various symbols and illustrations.

  • Interesting Facts about the Cartographer

  • The map was published by BOAC, a significant player in the history of aviation.
  • BOAC, or British Overseas Airways Corporation, was the British state-owned airline that operated from 1940 to 1974.
  • This map is a testament to BOAC's global reach and influence in the mid-twentieth century.

  • Interesting Historical or Physical Features Shown by the Map

  • The map provides a snapshot of the world in 1949, a period of significant change and development.
  • It showcases the major flight paths of the time, offering insights into the history of aviation.
  • The map features illustrations of significant sites and figures representing peoples, adding a layer of cultural and historical depth.
  • It covers diverse regions including Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe, each depicted with unique features.
  • The map captures the architectural wonders of Europe, the diverse wildlife of Africa, the ancient civilizations of Asia, and the natural beauty of Oceania.
  • It serves as a historical and cultural artifact, capturing a specific moment in time.

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