Manning, F.E. (mapmaker).
Washington, D.C. Army Air Forces. [10-18-] 1943.
Color poster / map, 47 x 35 1/2 inches (120 x 90 cm), folding as issued now professionally mounted on linen backing. Wear and a little paper loss along the fold lines has been infilled, light toning to lower centrefold; the poster presents very well with bright color. Stunning image of a hemispherical view with Japan at the centre, encompassing the area from Iran in the west, Australia in the south, and as far as the west coast of the U.S. at the east of the map. The map maker is F.E. Manning, one of the distinguished news illustrators of the war, in a style very similar to that of Richard Edes Harrison. There is a scale along the lower edge which was intended to be clipped and used to measure distances of places on the map from Tokyo. Text reads: "This map is a photographic view of the world with the center at Tokyo. Thus, with the detachable scale, distances can be measured along any line running thru Tokyo. It should be noted that an inch at the center represents less mileage than an inch closer to the edges. The detachable scale has been designed to compensate for this and should be used only with the center at Tokyo. The photographic process used in making this map makes all distances measured with the tape approximate only. Distances are shown in statute miles. Lines between key cities do not represent regular air routes in all cases. They show distances between points that do not fall on a line going thru the center of the projection." The Newsmap posters were displayed in offices and factories to keep the American public updated with news of the war and to encourage their participation in the winning of it. Item #54848