Pictorial Maps of Cities
Pictorial maps, a form of mapping that arose in the early 20th century, emphasized a decorative, illustrated style that departed from traditional cartography while still building on the nature of place. These maps were often humorous and thematic. They blurred the boundaries between maps and art and in so doing created a unique and highly varied style of mapping. Cities and their plans, transportation systems, and inhabitants were favorite subjects. Turzak’s map of Chicago at the back of the case is an exuberant paean to his hometown, and with its imagery promotes Chicago and the coming 1933 World’s Fair. MacDonald Gill made transportation maps for London agencies, and the creative design of his County Bus-Services Map on the left shows why he is considered one of the best pictorial map makers. Frank Dorn, whose map of “Peiping” is a fantastical mix of city plan and cultural commentary that make it a masterwork of the genre, was an American military officer and artist living in Beijing in the 1930s.