Apr 22 2012: Four Hand-Painted Maps Of Socialist Czechoslovakia With Folklore Motifs (CSSR, 1957)

Appearing as endpapers in a 1957 pictorial publication showing early Communist Czechoslovakia these four maps offer a striking contrast – in tone and style, at least – to the photographs making up most of the book. The principle appears to be that the main map (seen above) is then separated into its component parts in three further maps, one showing the industry and productive capacity of the country, the second its distribution of wildlife, and the third its main towns and cities. Only the industrial map betrays any sense of the context, with its reddish colouring and neo-constructivist graphic symbols, the others evoking other more folkloric and historical moods, as though attempting to appease or co-opt older forms of national identity within the new dispensation: indeed, the one very notable political stroke here (and something that renders these maps of little use today) lies in the absence of any acknowledgment of differentation between the Czech and Slovak territories within the shared border.

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  1. LH says:

    Similar map can be found on the wall in the passenger hall, main railway station, Pardubice. A photo is here: http://files.myopera.com/cirikavi/albums/623693/pardubice.jpg

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