A 1932 Illustrated Map of Harlem’s Night Clubs: From the Cotton Club to the Savoy Ballroom

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Harlem’s undergoing another Renaissance of late. Crime’s down, real estate prices are up, and throngs of pale-faced hipsters are descending to check the area out.
Sure, something’s gained, but something’s lost, too.
For today’s holiday in Harlem, we’re going to climb in the Wayback Machine. Set the dial for 1932.


Map Showing Where Today’s Countries Would Be Located on Pangea

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The supercontinent of Pangea formed some 270 million years ago, during the Early Permian Period, and then began to break up 70 million years later, eventually yielding the continents we inhabit today. Pangea was, of course, a peopleless place. But if you were to drop today’s nations on that great land mass, here’s what it might look like.


The Art of Mapping Music: Mike Hamad’s 200 Schematics of Songs by Phish, Pink Floyd & The Dead

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Mike Hamad, a music writer for The Hartford Courant, has a deep and abiding love for Phish. He also has a talent for drawing “schematics” or maps that turn the experience of listening to music into something visual.


World War I Unfolds in a Three Minute Time-Lapse Film: Every Day From 1914 to 1918

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As time places us ever further from the event, our knowledge of (and—generally speaking—interest in World War I) has shrunk precipitously.  That trend is reversing as the centennial of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination draws nigh.


New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use

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When I was a kid, my father brought home from I know not where an enormous collection of National Geographic magazines spanning the years 1917 to 1985. I found, tucked in almost every issue, one of the magazine’s gorgeous maps—of the Moon, St. Petersburg, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe’s ever-shifting boundaries.


New Google-Powered Site Tracks Global Deforestation in ‘Near-Real-Time’

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In September we told you about trillions of satellite images of Earth, generated by the Landsat, that are now available to the public.
Now we can share an interactive tool that is using some of those Landsat images to stop illegal deforestation.


Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Turned Into Google Driving Directions & Published as a Free eBook

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A couple weeks ago, Colin Marshall highlighted for you Jack Kerouac’s Hand-Drawn Map of the Hitchhiking Trip Narrated in On the Road. Now we have another Kerouacian map for you — a map for our times.


The Tom Waits Map: A Mapping of Every Place Waits Has Sung About, From L.A. to Africa’s Jungles

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“And what becomes of all the little boys who never comb their hair? They’re lined up all around the block, on the Nickel over there.


The University of Richmond Animates the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

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In 1902, the newly established Carnegie Institution of Washington set out to develop “a really first rate atlas of American history.” Work on the atlas began in earnest in 1912, under the direction of the naval historian Charles O. Paullin, who spent the better part of the next 15 years bringing it to life.


An Interactive Map of Odysseus’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey

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The Odyssey, one of Homer’s two great epics, narrates Odysseus’ long, strange trip home after the Trojan war.


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