The World Book (1920)

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    What a fabulous frontispiece, glowing with optimism.

    It is interesting that only a little of Antarctica is shown on the globe -- was the rest of its coast still unexplored?

    Simon Birky Hartmann, nicetomeetyou, and 21 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. blech​ 85 months ago | reply

      I believe the Antarctic coast was pretty well understood by 1920.

    2. Eric Fischer 85 months ago | reply

      Hmm, here is a map from 1921 with large areas unexplored but the general shape still shown.

    3. BuddhaPete 85 months ago | reply

      Great work. Your map,old photos, GIS data and other stuff is great work. Keep doing what your doing.

    4. sdlawsonphoto 85 months ago | reply

      This World Book stuff is fascinating. I suspect the lack of Antarctica had more to do with design. The white bottom of the globe contrasts better with the surrounding images.

    5. paul_suckow2000 85 months ago | reply

      it is wierd that the artist placed parts of arctic land masses inside the circle, but I bet that sdlawson is right - it was a field-ground decision. i have to wonder based on the incredible early art deco town and country depictions whether the contemporary conservationist's attitude - only that which has value for some human use is worth considering - made the decision to drop the ice continent easier at the time.

    6. sdlawsonphoto 85 months ago | reply

      That's an excellent point as well, Paul.

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