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I guess I collect globes now. This weekend I came across that tall one on the end at an antique mall. Like the other two, it shows the world during the interwar years. Why a third, if I already have two? This on is in French! Very cool!

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Three Globes, but three clocks on the wall behind. What times do you have them set for?

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Mon Aug 14, 2023 12:05 am Three Globes, but three clocks on the wall behind. What times do you have them set for?

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London, Paris, and Istanbul.
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^^^^ Any particular reason for those three times, Drew?

I generally have my GMT watches set to GMT +8hrs, being the time in Singapore where my brother is based.

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Mon Aug 14, 2023 12:11 am ^^^^ Any particular reason for those three times, Drew?
Nothing practical or meaningful. The decision to hang the clocks (and they’re cheap ones by the way) was mostly decorative. They’re hanging below a print of the international routes Air France flew in the 30s. I thought the clocks set to different world times would be kinda cool. So London because I’ve always loved the UK, Paris because I’m also a hardcore Francophile, and Istanbul because I loved my trip there years ago and because it has a fantastic & rich history that appeals to the teacher in me.

I periodically change the times. Sometimes I set the first clock to Denver time where one of my closest friends lives. And I was all set to change Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur when a friend moved there, buts it’s 12 hours ahead of me, so what’s the point?! :lol:
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It’s fun to have those globes or maps of political geography. I have one map that has the Soviet Union and the two Germanys, along with the other previous countries of the mid-1980s.

My first passport had stamps from West Germany and Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately the State Department didn’t return it when I renewed the passport; I missed the “return my expired documents” check box.
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Drew I can see that room full of maps a globes - it would be magical :thumbup:

I love maps too - my fascination is maps from a period where the Antarctic hadn’t been mapped or discovered - a wispy white line where some of the coastline had been traced, that disappeared at each end and contained both but a bit of shading behind it. Maps that say ‘here be monsters’? Even better!

There’s a site on Reddit called Terrible Maps - pushing the possibilities of information on maps to its ridiculous limits :D
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We homeschooled our kids and when they were younger, my wife found a great maps book that we all devoured: Strange Maps - Cartographic Curiosities by Frank Jacobs. It spans old and imperfect maps and what-if maps. And I’ve only recently discovered much of it is on a site which is fun to explore.
https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/
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@thomcat00 - thanks for the link. It looks really interesting. I think the fascinating thing about maps is that they can draw together so many bits of information from different areas, and connect things up in different ways. I like learning how things connect up :D
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I’ve always been fascinated by maps, whether old or new. I remember we had an atlas when I was a child, and it would have had quite a lot of the old names for countries and cities. I used to sit with it for hours, luxuriating in the strange place names and imagining what it would be like to be there. I didn’t realise it at the time, but that book was feeding two great passions: travel and language.

I think if I hadn’t studied languages, it would have been geography. I spent a few weeks last autumn teaching geography, covering the head of department’s timetable while he recovered from surgery. I absolutely loved every minute of it.
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^^^^ Cheers Drew.

That map of Air France routes must be great to look at and dovetails to your new globe being French.

Like others I used to pour over an Atlas as a boy; the Readers Digest Great World Atlas, quite a large book.

These days it's all too easy to take a tour around Google Maps.

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missF wrote: Mon Aug 14, 2023 6:30 am
There’s a site on Reddit called Terrible Maps - pushing the possibilities of information on maps to its ridiculous limits :D
I follow the Instagram account. I love it!
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I agree with everyone about maps. In my bedroom, I have a wall of all maps: places of importance & significance to me.

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That’s a map of Dijon in the upper left. Upper right is a map of Long Island, NY. My parents and grandparents both had this map in their homes for decades. I wish this was one of those two. Lower left is an old tourist map of Cape Cod I found in an antique store on the Cape. Lower right is an old pull down map of Paris a professor friend of mine found in his office and gave to me. It dates from the 50s. The tiny maps are of Shelter Island, NY, where my grandparents lived and an old map of the UK taken from an atlas.


This is the map in the living room. I came across an original print of this in an antique store, but it was priced far beyond my means. I was lucky enough to find a shop on Etsy (not the one linked) selling preprints that did a custom size for me.

I went to a teacher training led by a geographer where he pushed the notion that all history is a function of geography. It was fascinating and really changed my approach to teaching history.
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I am partial to the odd map myself. Here is my current collection, mainly ordinance survey maps from the Lake District and also some for my local area. The others were bought for specific reasons, one for when I walked the Allendale challenge in Northumberland, a couple of canal maps from a boat holiday. the New England one was used when we visited the area and drove round Massachussets and New Hampshire and finally the street map of Lagos from when I worked there.

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Another passing interest is guide books. I love reading these even if I’m not visiting the place. Quite often they have a nice summary of the history of the country as well. I tend to pick these up from charity shops, they are always older editions so not worth too much and I can pick them up for a few pounds each. Then of course there’s the box set of the Wainwrights.

Here’s the current collection.

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I'm also a fan of atlases and maps, though have scaled back (read given lots away) recently to declutter. I was wondering where the interest came from... I am at my parents today and can see a bookshelf full of maps (fold out paper and books) and travel books... Ah.
jkbarnes wrote: Mon Aug 14, 2023 11:02 amI went to a teacher training led by a geographer where he pushed the notion that all history is a function of geography. It was fascinating and really changed my approach to teaching history.
I think you'll love this series of books called Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall then
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