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1932 Japanese world pictorial map

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A pictorial world map issued in Japan in 1932 as a supplemento to the magazine Hi no De (tha means “Sunrise”), with illustrations by Sako (or Sagyo) Shishido depicting the national stereotypes in the Japanese collective imagination, but also a satirical view of the world events at that time. Original size: 106,7 x 75,7 cm (42 x 29.8 inches).

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1939 panorama map of Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain), Korea

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

An extremely attractive 1939 panoramic view map of Kumgangsan or Diamond Mountain, North Korea. Kumgagsan is an important tourist destination, one of the few areas in North Korea that is open to foreign tourism and regularly visited by international travelers. The mountain is known for is dramatic views and stunning natural beauty. This uncommon type of map evolved out of traditional …

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Asti (Italy) railway station, 1934

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Piedmont, Italy: Asti railway station in 1934 with a Fiat ALb 48 “littorina” railcar of Ferrovie dello Stato (State Railway). Asti is located on the Torino–Genova line and is the terminus of Asti–Genova line. Also the now–defunct Chivasso-Asti, Mortara-Asti and Asti-Castagnole delle Lanze lines converged here. Cecami postcard,photo by Cesare Carello, 1934 (Commons).

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«Once upon a time», the WPA poster

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

This art-deco poster, depicting Little Red Riding Hood with the wolf, was published  in the US between 1936 and 1939 to encourgare reading. It is one of about two thousand posters of the Federal Art Project, the Works Progress Administration’s program to fund visual arts. The WPA was a public body in charge of public works and promoting federal programs such as tourism, culture and literacy. …