1. It’s our 100th post!

    In honor of the occasion, here are some other numbers:

    Date of first post: 1/9/2014

    Number of followers: 9,793

    Top 5 most popular original posts to date:

    April 21- 335 notes 

    May 12- 321 notes

    February 12- 283 notes

    February 19- 249 notes

    February 6- 209 notes

    Hooray maps!

  2. July 23, 1881: The Boundary Treaty between Argentina and Chile was signed.

    This atlas dates to the year of an earlier 1856 boundary treaty, before the formal boundaries were agreed upon.

    AtlasColton, George WColton’s Atlas of the world: illustrating physical and political geography; accompanied by descriptions geographical, statistical, and historical by Richard Swainson Fisher. New York: J.H. Colton, 1856.

  3. July 21, 1873: Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang carried out their first train robbery near Adair, Iowa, by derailing a Rock Island Railroad train. The accident killed the engineer, John Rafferty.

    You can explore the map in detail here.

    MapGray, Ormando Willis. Gray’s atlas map of Iowa. [Philadelphia : Stedman & Brown & Lyon, 1873?]

  4. maptacular:

    Video games set in old maps from the British Library

    Last week, we spoke to Tom Harper, the British Library’s curator of antiquarian maps, about new and innovative projects the library is working on. It’s impressive to see over 3,000 tagged maps being used in a Flickr project. But the British Library also has a load of other exciting ideas on the go, such as its Off the Map competition, which sees maps being used to help develop computer games.

    See more at 360here.com

    The British Library is doing some amazing things with their historical maps. There are some great points in the first linked article, and a super cool project covered in the second.

  5. maptacular:

    Historic Maps Reveal the Secrets of Four Iconic NYC Parks

    Did you know that Central Park’s southeast entrance at 59th Street isdedicated to scholars? Or that the area by Prospect Park’s new Lakeside complex was once a parking lot for horse-drawn carriages? Old maps are fun to look at—and they often hold forgotten secrets like these. Curbed’s resident map expert, Keith Williams, dug through the archives to unearth the original plans for four of New York City’s most prominent parks to better understand their stories.”

    See them at Curbed NY

    What a great example of historic map use!

  6. July 17, 1918: The RMS Carpathia was sunk by a German U-boat off the Irish coast.

    MapThe British Empire at war. London : Stanford’s Geogl. Estabt., 1916 ([S.l.] : Roberts & Leete)

  7. July 15, 1099: Christian solders captured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during the First Crusade.

    BookRegni Davidici et Salomonaei descriptio geographica et historica : una cum delineatione Syriae et Aegypti pro statu temporum sub Seleucidis et Lagidis regibus mappis luculentis exhibita, et probationibus idoneis instructa : juncta est huic operi consideratio urbium maximarum veterum et recentiorum, ac operum quorundam apud antiquos celebrium / auctore Johanne Matthia Hasio … ; impensas faciente Homanniano Coherede …  Norimbergae : Prostat in officina Homanniana, typis Joh. Henr. Gottofr. Bielingii, A. MDCCXXXIX [1739]

  8. July 13, 1787: Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, creating the Northwest Territory.

    This map is one of the oldest non-facsimile maps of North America that we have in the Map Collection. Iowa is located roughly where the “Octotatas” (most likely the Otoe) are depicted.

    Particularly interesting is the information found in the bottom left corner of the map, which explains the cartographer’s sources rather thoroughly.

    MapA new & accurate map of Louisiana : with part of Florida and Canada and the adjacent countries drawn from surveys, assisted by the most approved English & French charts the whole being regulated by astron.l observations / by Eman. Bowen.  [London] : Eman. Bowen, [1747?]

  9. July 11, 1934: Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani was born in Piacenza.

    It’s been a few weeks since the last atlas page went up, so here’s another one! The coloring on this one is especially vibrant.

    AtlasGeogr. Antiqua: [atlas factice of 74 maps].  [S.l. : s.n. : 1705 or later].

    Tavernier, Melchior. Antiquorum Italiae & Illyrici Occidentalis episcopatuum geographica descriptio. Paris: M. Tavernier, 1640.

  10. While we’re still crossing our fingers that the weather and flood levels don’t get any worse, here’s a small celebration of the University of Iowa. There are plenty more maps where this one came from, so go check ‘em out!

    Anyone know what the “I am waiting for a streetcar” thing is about? I suspect there’s a 1930 inside joke I’m not getting.

    MapCraig, Donald. The campus of the State University of Iowa. [Iowa City, Iowa]: Iowa City Branch of the American Association of University Women, [ca. 1930].