2. mapsontheweb:

    The Vinland Map, 15th century map showing Norse exploration of North America

    (via historicaltimes)

  3. mapsontheweb:

    German peoples across the world, 1938


    This map appeared originally in Deutsches Volkstum in aller Welt (Berlin, 1938) and purported to document far-flung German descendants—the map alone was perhaps statement enough to many, striking a deep fear thinking about the 20,000,000 Americans alone whose roots could be traced back to the Vaterland. As a terror and influence tactic that cost little money, it must have caused the anti-propaganda folks a good deal of worry. The German/Vaterland (German American Bund, or Deutsch-Amerikanischer Volksbund) movement never really gained much popular ground in the U.S., though there was some significant compliance in business and trade going on at higher levels of industry and banking.

    My grandfather was German (in that his ancestors came to Pennsylvania around 1740) and he fought in the battle of the Bulge. I would give anything to know what he thought of being in that place.

    (via theactofhistory)

  4. supermaricarmenhussonfan:

    Anniversary of Graf Zeppelin’s Around-the-World Flight

    On this day in 1929, LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin left Lakehurst, New Jersey on its historic flight around the world.

    (via timeplacetime)

  5. World map of income inequality

  6. A ceiling fan with a partial map of South America

  7. haeul:

    ‘천상열차분야지도’ - 14th century Korean star map (digital image)

    (via cannabiish)

  8. Tawantinsuyu, or the Empire of the Inca

  9. historical-nonfiction:

    Here’s one of the most widely-believed myths about the medieval ages: that most Europeans thought the world was flat. They did not. Almost all medieval scholars believed the world was round. But it makes the “Dark Ages” sound more backwards and ignorant, and since most people today do not know or care much about the time period, the myth persists.

  10. odditiesoflife:

    Vintage Quilt Depicting the Solar System

    Amateur astronomer Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa made this stunning solar system quilt in 1876. The quilt is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute. From the Smithsonian’s History Explorer:

    "Ellen used the quilt as a visual aid for lectures she gave on astronomy in the towns of West Branch, Moscow, and Lone Tree, Iowa. Astronomy was an acceptable interest for women in the nineteenth century and was sometimes even fostered in their education."

    (via zubenpics)