Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Survey says......

I love maps.  Most of you who have read this blog for a while are probably aware of this or, in any case, not surprised at all by this statement.  Indeed, I have spoken of maps many times before. Whether it's compass roses or the wonderful class I took from Jill Berry called Personal Geographies (incidentally, the companion book to that workshop is now available at bookstores and online!), or heck, even just discussing my severe lack of directional skills - I will always have something to say about maps.

Take this beaut, for example!  Isn't it wonderful?!  I got it from my friend Kim Geiser when I helped her with her CREATE! classes this summer in Chicago.  There was a vendor night the last night of the retreat and she was selling these.  I'm glad I got a couple before they were gone!

There are so many things to love about these maps - first and foremost for me are the colors.  I am a sucker for map blues and greens together - such a calming color scheme.  Imagine getting your hands on a huge lot of these!  I could see framing the entire map and plastering the walls with them.

Look at how wild and crazy we were!  That's me in the peach-
colored shirt, second from the right.  This photo was taken
on May 5, 1988.  EGADS.
Coincidentally, these also have a little bit of sentimental value for me, as Goodman is the tiny town where my friend/college roommate Sandy's parents' cabin was (is?) located.  As you can see, it is still in the middle of nowhere, nestled in the Nicolet National Forest.  Many a wonderful time was had during the summers of 1987-88, when we would spend lazy weekends hanging out, playing cards, toasting marshmallows and watching movies.  When I look back at this time, it's with great fondness.  We were all 19-21 at this point so we could've gotten crazy, but we didn't.  It was just good fun.  :D

I love that the data for this map was compiled in 1939 (and finished in 1941).  The Nicolet National Forest was only about 8 years old at the time of the map's printing.  I believe this map was created for the Highway System, which as you can see from the link above, is still not exactly a major artery.  :D

Am I ever going to use these maps (I have two)?  Absolutely!  I don't know yet how, but I think to make a collage of the cabin and using the map as a background would be a super fun project.  I'd have to get my hands on a photo of the cabin somehow (how did we ever share photos before digital cameras?).

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