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Auction 184, Lot 447

"Target Berlin [on verso] Newsmap Monday, October 25, 1943...", U.S. Gov't Printing Office

Subject: Europe, World War II

Period: 1943 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

34 x 45.3 inches
86.4 x 115.1 cm
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This impressive piece of World War II-era persuasive cartography centers on Berlin, Germany. Although focused on Europe, the "photographic map" stretches from Canada to northern Africa and northern Asia. The map also extends to include parts of the United States, a large polar ice cap, and Greenland. A detachable scale at bottom can be used to measure distances along any line running through Berlin; two helpful diagrams at bottom demonstrate how to use it. As the capital of Nazi Germany, Berlin was the target of numerous bombing raids throughout the war. The Battle of Berlin was launched just a few weeks after this poster was published, in which the city suffered 16 RAF air raids in just a few months. Drawn by F.E. Manning.

The map is one of the "newsmaps" published by the U.S. Army from 1942-46. These maps were designed to keep American troops updated on the war. The weekly posters were distributed and posted in every American installation in the world and were intentionally more visual than descriptive to help engage and motivate personnel.

See also lot 730 for a very similar map centered on Tokyo.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with minor soiling and some short separations and tears along the fold, most of which have been archivally repaired, as well as a 2" tear at bottom that has also been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/15/2021