Cartographic Curiosities

f0-cowMaps have been devised and produced for less practical purposes such as for games, political satire, or fantasy lands. Maps often adorn works of art, clothing and housewares. Some have been made of unusual materials such as this bovine statue from the CowParade to the right with a depiction of San Diego and Coronado. Many maps have been devised for special purposes. Some of the older ones no longer in use seem like curiosities in today’s world even though they were quite relevant to our predecessors.

We collect many of these curiosities and often present them at our meetings but the cow has not been to one – yet. There’s almost no end to these sorts of maps and we’ll be updating this part of our site frequently to share new examples. Here are a few of our members’ more recent contributions to this eclectic field of cartography.