Chicago Map Society: Bob Karrow, How Maps Developed a Sense of Humor: A Survey of Pictorial Maps, 1519-2010

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Many maps throughout history have had pictures on them, but something began to change in the late 19th century when purely pictorial elements began to get more play.  The phenomenon really took off in the 1920s, under the influence of the comic strip and the animated cartoon, producing a “golden age” of pictorial maps.  Bob Karrow will lead this spirited romp through the genre, one that has increasingly attracted the attention of collectors.