#AtoZChallenge | M is for Maps

Many ways to see the world is the slogan of this company, written on the back of this postcard sent by Bryon (the USA). Every map is a way to see the world. Also every postcard is.

The Population Map: Each country is shown proportional to its population. Each square of the grid on the map represents a million people. From the perspective of population, China is the biggest country in the world! India is not far behind. The USA is the third largest. Can you guess the number four?


Two more funny maps on postcards, sent by Laura (the UK):

How to Be British No. 2
Artwork by Martyn Ford

By Ray Holland

A more conventional map showing the island of Texel in the Netherlands, sent by Heleen:



And a bonus: an envelope made of a page of a magazine, featuring an old map of Columbus (Ohio, the USA), sent by Phillip. Ancient maps are also another way to see the world, aren't they?


Do you like maps? And... Don't you love that Moon over the city?


(In case you feel curious, you have a list of the countries by population here. Have you guessed right?)

44 comments:

  1. The population map is an interesting one. Not too sure about the 4th one and don't wanna google it, so guessing Brazil.

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    1. I think it is not Brazil. Anyway, the solution isn't on the card... you need to count the little squares!

      Thanks for you visit.

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  2. These are some very interesting maps , good read
    https://smitasangle.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/d-for-dog-story-of-domestic-violence-atozchallenge/

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  3. I love maps!

    The population map is interesting (always knew that Netherlands was more or less as big as Australia :-)). I agree that Brazil seems to be the 4th country, though Nigeria looks big, too.

    And yes, the moon over Columbus looks great, too :-)

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    1. I know:)

      It is not Brazil, neither Nigeria... I'm going to add a link to the list, in case you feel curious. I did! I always like to see the maps: the different infos, the projections...

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  4. Hi Eva. I love the postcard by Ray Holland. That's what I look like when I'm on holiday:)
    I love maps and actually collect them. As a matter of fact, I use maps in class when I teach ESL students. They're a great resource.
    M is for Maid of Honour

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    1. I collect maps, too. Train lines in Japan, subways in New York, Hiking trails in National Parks, Old Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Macedonia, 39 states including Alaska and Hawaii, Puerto Rico! Old ones, New ones. I've always imagined wallpapering one wall in my studio with snippets of maps.

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    2. Yes, it is a great ressource. And, as postcards, some people don't use paper maps any more: they rely (too much?) in electronic devices.

      That wall would be wonderful, Toni!

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  5. Eva, a fun post. I love the picture maps.

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  6. I adore maps in the conventional sense. And totally enjoyed your collection of whimsical ones.


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  7. I do like maps, particularly old, old ones.
    My dad collected every map he ever picked up anywhere and used to pull them out periodically and plan imaginary trips. (Well, some of the trips were real but sometimes, it was just for the fun of it.)

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    1. That can be, like postcards, an alternative way of travelling.

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  8. I would have also guessed Brazil. Looking a bit more closely, Indonesia seems to cover a lot of squares.

    And nice to see an envelope tucked in on this (and several other) posts. I was wondering if we were going to see any this month.

    Phillip | M is for Mail Me Some Art

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    1. This is the month of postcards! Come here next month for other sorts of mail adventures ;-)

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    2. You're right, FinnBadger! As soon as I read your comment I looked at the map again and indeed saw Indonesia is larger than Brazil. Because of the separation by water, I didn't count them as one at first sight. Shame on me, I should have known better as there are several friends and even my old neighbours who have Indonesian roots, and each time when learning about which isle they /their family came from I looked it up on the map!.. How could I forget, this time..

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  9. Interesting! The UK ones are funny!

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  10. I don't remember ever seeing postcards as artful and intricate as the ones you have. Great collection!

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    1. There are postcards of everything you can imagine!

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  11. Oooooh! I ADORE maps! My 2016 A-Z involved maps and regional tartan plaids: http://repeatsamb.blogspot.com/p/a-z-tartans.html
    I have a large personal collection of maps on postcards. I even have them catalogued in boxes by region. (One of the few organized things in my home).

    Anne
    Shoes A-Z, M http://repeatsamb.blogspot.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-m-vogmalala-ifjm2017.html
    Trucks A-Z, M https://annembray.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/atozchallenge-m/

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    1. I'd like to see your postcards, sure. On teh contrary, I don't have an organised collection of postcards... Maybe the only thing is not organised in my home!

      The collection of tartans is curious.

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  12. Maps and postcards are a lovely way to see/experience the world. I get a map the first thing into a new city and then keep it, just in case we go back sometime :)

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. I usually don't keep the maps (the postcards, I keep all). Maybe I think that cities change so quickly...

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  13. I love maps! I was a geography major in college and even took cartography. I carry a map book in my car - I like the big picture. Of course I use my GPS but I still like to see a good overview of where I'm going.
    I love these postcards.

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    1. Me too,I like the big picture. I've never used a GPS, I do well with paper maps and memory.
      Thanks for your comment!

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  14. The Ray Holland picture with the cartoonish figures looking at the map had me thinking of Where's Waldo. Funny how some people really have a hard time with the Where's Waldo books. Don't send those individuals traveling. lol

    http://theglobaldig.blogspot.com/2017/04/m-is-for-for-martel-atozchallenge-via.html

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  15. I am especially fond of the caricature maps of places like the UK one above.

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    1. It is funny to notice all the tiny details on those, isn't it?

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  16. I love maps, especially ancient maps that show the world how they saw it with very limited knowledge and technology to use and often decorated with fantastical figures.

    Josefine from
    Getting to the end

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    1. However, sometimes it is surprising that, with that lack of means (from the 21th century point of view), there were somehow accurate.

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  17. I love maps! Especially ones that mark stories (like the USA folklore map). Also, Brazil looks like the fourth country, by population?... Hungary is barely a blip :D

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

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    1. I'd like to see that USA folklore map.

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  18. Yes I'm a map type of girl - coming from the UK I get the irony at the moment!! I didn't get right at all - a real surprise when I followed the link :)
    https://pempispalace.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/m-is-for-maddening-melancholic.html

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    1. I think it was a surprise for most people who tried to guess (including myself).

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  19. If I ever grow up, I wanna be a cartographer! I adore maps!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Maybe you could grow up... if you stop being murdered every day!

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  20. Map postcards are interesting. Normally these aren't my favorites but I definitely appreciate them more as time goes by. Nice selection! Thanks for visiting Saturday. I'm a wee bit behind. ;)

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “M” (Mermaids)

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    1. I think this kind of postcards, with so many details,are definitely fun.

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  21. I just love maps..It shows such a vast world it is there out there and one can explore so many places..Was more of a geography person at school where i loved to read about countries and their continents

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    *SimpleIndianMom*

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    1. Maps on stamp are quite especial.

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