Swipes File #26: A perfect and absolute blank

Regular readers know the drill – here’s your mash-up for today: 

He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.

“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,
Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
“They are merely conventional signs!

“Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank:
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought us the best —
A perfect and absolute blank!”

The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits by Lewis Carroll, 1876

Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin 1967 Map of a thirty-six square mile surface area of the Pacific Ocean west of Oahu

Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin – Map of a thirty-six square mile surface area of the Pacific Ocean west of Oahu – 1967

Kunz - Would anyone notice if Canada disappeared - May 2003 a

Kunz – “Would anyone notice if Canada disappeared?” – May 2003

M998.48.167

Aislin – “Canada?” – 1995

2006-05-09

MacKay – “Harper’s Canada Includes Quebec” – 2006

advertising_map_omits_africa

Advert omits Africa

Compare to:

europe_95

20070331Zach Weinersmith – “Experimental SMBC

UPDATE:

Can’t believe I forgot to include Greg Curnoe’s Map of North America from 1972.

curnoe05

My mind must have gone blank.

Relevant UPDATE:

Surrealist map of the world, 1929

Surrealist map of the world, 1929

Another relevant UPDATE:

Don't forget!

Don’t forget! (via National Geographic)

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