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Vädersoltavlan

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

This painting by the painter Jacob Heinrich Elbfas (c.1600–1664) is probably the oldest representation of Stockholm and the oldest Swedish panorama. Preserved in Storkyrkan’s cathedral, it is the copy of 1636 an earlier painting from 1535 gone lost, which depicts an atmospheric optical phenomenon observed in the sky of Stockholm on the morning of April 20, 1535: a particularly spectacular …

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The earliest known photograph of a snowman, c.1853

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

This is the earliest known photography of a snowman, taken in Wales by Mary Dillwyn (1816-1906) in 1853 c.a. (National Library of Wales). The making of snowmen has been documented since the Middle Age: the earliest depiction was found by Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman, in a 1380 “book of hous” kept at the Royal Library …

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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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Los Angeles as it appeared in 1871

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A “bird’s eye” map of the city of Los Angeles as it appeared in 1871, with historical notes and a map of the Spanish Ranchos in California. The Ranchos were territories that the first Spanish and later Mexican governments granted in the nineteenth century to encouraging human settlement. This map was published in 1929 by Women’s University Club of L.A. …

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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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Gotha, 1835

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

The city of Gotha in Thuringia, Germany, in a 1835 engraving by Eduard Sommer. Saxonia Museum für saechsische Vaterlandskunde/Commons.

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1832 map of Pompei

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1832 map of Ancient Pompeii, Italy (near Naples), that is part of the atlas Maps issued in 1844 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in London (published by Baldwin & Cradock). Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, in A.D. 79 and remained buried under ash until its rediscovery in 1748. At thet time, the excavated portions of Pompeii was …