Pocket Atlas of the World

During World War II, Americans found themselves reading news reports from strange and exotic places such as Kursk, the Coral Sea, and Tunisia. Companies such as Union Pacific distributed world atlases to help people locate these places on the maps.

Click image to download a 9.3-MB PDF of this 16-page atlas.

With many of the locations on the maps printed in 4 point type, or in some cases even smaller, people would have needed magnifying glasses to read the atlas. This is one of the few documents I’ve digitized at 600 dpi (I usually use 300 dpi), but of course scanning technology wasn’t available in the 1940s.

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