The World Centrifuged
Harrison, Richard Edes
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By 1940, Americans had become so used to seeing the world mapped on the Mercator projection that any other method met with resistance, both in classrooms and living rooms. But as aviation displaced sea navigation in the twentieth century, Americans were sorely in need of maps that conveyed the new realities of distance and direction in the air age.
The most important innovator to step into this breach was actually not a cartographer at all, but an artist: Richard edes Harrison. Beginning in the late 1930s, Harrison drew a series of elegant and gripping images of a world at war, and in the process persuaded the public that aviation and war really had fundamentally disrupted the nature of geography.
This image is from the August 1941 editon whch was devoted to "Total War for the US". It's title is "The World Centrifuged"