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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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1969 map of Korean Demilitarized Zone

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (aka DMZ) in a a 1969 map created by U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. It is a strip of land about 4 km wide running across the Korean Peninsula, established in 1953 by the provisions of the Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State to serve as a buffer zone between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea …

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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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Umberto Primo Avenue in Alessandria, 1900 c.a

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

“Viale Umberto Primo” (Umberto Primo Avenue), now called “via dei Martiri” (Martyrs street) in a early 1900s postcard from Alessandria (Piedmont, Northern Italy). The cafè on the right corner was called “Bar Portorico — Americano”, later renamed “Bar Nazionale”, that also had a pool room. Collection Tony Frisina/Commons

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Bergen, Norway: end of 19th century photocrom

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

An historic photochrom of Bergen between 1890 and 1905. One can see the Domkirken in the bottom left side, Korskirken in the middle, the Vågen bay with its many boats and the Bergenhus Fortress to the right of the opening of Vågen. (1890-1905 Detroit Publishing Co./Library of Congress.)

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XVIII Tallinn song festival, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Estonia, 1975: the 18th Festival della Canzone (Üldlaulupidu) presso il “Campo del Canto” di Tallinn (Tallinna lauluväljak), an open–air auditorium built in 1959. In 1987, Estonians gathered here to sing patriotic hymns, in the so–called “Singing Revolution” that led to the overthrow of Soviet rule. (photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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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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Port of Tallinn, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

The port of Tallinn, capital of Estonia, in a 1975 picture. On the foreground one can see the bell tower of the St. Olaf’s Church. The tower is 124 meters tall, it is one of the tallest tower in Europe and a symbol of Tallinn. At that time (and for the whole soviet period, 1944-1991) the church was closed and the Soviet KGB used it as …