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Maps!

Maps!
Maps!
Maps!
Maps!
Maps!
Maps!

 Got a case of the Mondays?  Come clear the cobwebs and see some beautiful maps in Western History/Genealogy.

 Have you ever been amazed by the beauty of maps?  Noticed the unique typography, the detail in the illustrations, the intricacy of the compass rose?  WH/G is home to hundreds of maps.  There are loads of hidden gems, promises of far off lands, even sea creatures.  Come browse them at the 5th floor of the Central Library, or online!

Compass Image #1 I would also

Compass Image #1

I would also appreciate a citation for the first compass image. I've never encountered that type of design. Thanks!

Hello and thanks for

Hello and thanks for commenting. We've been trying to locate the map on which that compass rose appears, and have been unable to identify it. Unfortunately the author of this post did not include the citations back in 2012 when it was originally posted. We will continue to look and will post here if we identify the map. 

Serendipity prevails! Shortly

Serendipity prevails!

Shortly after I posted my previous comment about not being able to identify the source of the compass rose, a Sanborn Fire Insurance atlas was returned to the WH/G department from conservation. Not thinking about the compass rose, I opened it up to a random page, and there it was! The compass from the first image of this blog is found throughout the 1929 Denver Sanborn Fire Insurance atlases. I also checked the 1903 Sanborns and discovered that the 2nd compass image comes from those. 

Compass rose wind rose indentification

Can someone give me information on that compass rose pictured above? The one one with initials in the center. Thanks