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West’s Germany
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Map published in book or serial - source in collection
Maps, Charts and Graphs
(cm, H x W) 30 x 21
This map by R.M. Chapin appeared in Time Magazine in 1949, on the occasion of the formal post-war division of Germany
it contrasts "West's Germany" with "Russia's Germany" in a particularly heavy handed way. West Germany is filled with cities, images of historic sites and industrial activities (mining, shipbuilding, steelmaking), agriculture (cattle, grain, grapes), universities (Gottingen, Heidleberg), references to culture (Holbein, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner) and even a happy skier. Russia's Germany has virtually nothing except a tiny generic communist flag flying over East Berlin - a fraction the size of the German flag in the West.
The map "displayed almost all the cartographic anticommunism techniques prevalent by the late 1940s." indeed, it "was unusually rich in cartographic icons, text labeling and political rhetoric even for Time magazine... Virtually every aspect of this detailed, hand painted map makes it a case study of cartographic anticommunism in action." Stone 2007, 19-20.
The publisher of Time Magazine, along with Life and Fortune, was Henry Luce, the most powerful American media figure of his era and a fierce anti-communist. Baughman 2001, 1-5. Robert M. Chapin was an artist and long-time “Chief Cartographer” for Time. The collection includes a number of Chapin’s cold war maps reflecting Luce’s views: ID #2303, The Czar’s Will on 1944 Europe (1944); ID #1333, Communist Contagion (1946); ID #2010, West’s Germany (1949); ID #2012, Two Worlds (1950); ID ##1348.01-.02 & 1349, Europe From Moscow/Asia From Irkutsk (1952); ID #1359, Alaska (1958).
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Time Magazine, December 5, 1949
Map published in book or serial - source in collection
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Full Title: West's Germany
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