Cable & Wireless Great Circle Map, 1945 by Max Gill - Flat Earth British Empire Submarine Network Chart
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And of course, each of the members of the Empire (or Commonwealth) are painted red, just so we can all admire just how big and powerful Britain was at the time - at the close of World War 2.
Solid red lines represent telegraph cables (which you may be surprised to learn already ran around the world by 1945!) and dashed lines are radio links.
Rather uniquely, this map manages to put the UK right in the middle using the idea of 'great circles'. This makes London appear like it's the centre of the world - and also gives you an accurate idea of the physical length of a cable from Britain to one of its dominions.
Dotted around the map are beautifully detailed illustrations of wireless transmitter and telegraph stations, and even a modern cable laying ship. If you are interested in the early days of submarine cables, and the forerunner of the internet, you will find this map fascinating.
There's even a couple of penguins dancing around on Antarctica. And... well, if you're from New Zealand, you might appreciate how the 'great circle' view of Earth makes your country look spectacularly large.
This map looks amazing at all sizes, from 12x16 inches (30x40cm) to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 18x24 (45x60cm). It looks truly beautiful at larger sizes like 24x30 inches (60x76cm) and beyond. I can print this map at sizes up to 70 inches wide - 180cm. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options. Please note that the unframed 24x30 inch map has white strips either side that can be easily snipped off (or they may help you with framing). All other maps look just like the listing images.
This world map would make a perfect gift for someone interested in the history of telephony or worldwide networks, or the British Empire - or it would look great as wall art on your own walls! It's a beautiful piece of wall art that would make a good housewarming gift.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.
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Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.