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Perhaps I am violating copyright rules, and I am certainly violating the rule I set up for posting in the "Member Map Sightings" section.  Regardless I will forge ahead because it is fun and mentions our speaker at the 2017 annual dinner.

Source:  https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/map-christmas-vintage-santa-claus-mid-century/

or click HERE .I hope National Geographic won't yell at me for the posting, but if they are offended, of course I apologize in advance and will remove this post immediately.  I added their copyright notice from their webpage at the bottom of this post.  The only thing remaining would be to find someone to blame (smiley face).

Vintage Map Shows Santa's Journey Around the World

A time capsule in more ways than one, a 1955 map features dozens of Santas cavorting all over the world.


Santa Claus is having all kinds of fun in this map. He’s sizing up a giraffe in Africa, riding an elephant in India, shimmying down the international date line over the Pacific Ocean, and tightrope-walking across the Equator in the middle of the Atlantic.

The map, titled “A World of Good Wishes at Christmastime,” was produced in 1955 by General Drafting Company, a now-defunct maker of road maps. “It’s just a classic,” says Stephen Hornsby, a professor of geography at the University of Maine and author of the recent book Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps. “It’s great fun, and very imaginative.”

The map was made at a time when the United States was a superpower with a booming economy. Like many pictorial maps of the mid-20th century, Hornsby says, the map is brimming with American confidence, from the central placement of the U.S. on the world map to the picture of Santa roaring through the night in a big black convertible in the bottom-left corner. “I’m English and to me this just seems so American,” Hornsby says. “It reflects that secure, middle-class American world view of the 1950s.”

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