Pacific Arena. A FORTUNE Map. Orthographic Series II
Harrison, Richard Edes
1942; New York City (publisher: TIME Magazine)
Pacific Arena - A Fortune Map Orthographic Series II
21 x 26 ¼ inches; offset press
Centered on the vast Pacific, some measure due north west of the Hawaiian islands, this map looks at the frontier of the war in the Pacific theatre. Color distinguishes the allies and axis, as well as regional borders. Details the many islands that will become the battlegrounds in the years to come, and includes some air routes from major destinations.
Richard Edes Harrison's innovative maps of the 1940s are critical to the history of American cartography. His techniques defied convention and created a new standard for the look and shape of the world on a map. Harrison designed the maps to be both visually appealing and politically charged, reflecting the urgency of the war while also maintaining an elegant artistic dimension