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A City Risen From The Ashes

Richard's Illustrated and Statistical Map of the Great Conflagration in Chicago. Image courtesy of the Newberry Library. On the night of October 8, 1871, a small fire broke out in Chicago’s Near West Side, at the site of today’s CFD Quinn Fire Academy. (Though you may...

That’s One Way to Use a Map

People naturally gravitate to maps of places with which they have a close personal affinity. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I’m constantly looking for maps of my hometown, despite not having lived there for well over a decade. To my great surprise, I...

A Victory Map on Victory Day

A Victory Map on Victory Day

Happy V-J (Victory over Japan) Day from Curtis Wright Maps! Though many consider September 2nd (the date of formal surrender) to be the official anniversary, on August 14th, 1945, (in the U.S.) Emperor Hirohito announced over the airwaves of Japan that he had accepted...

The Tracks of the U.S.S. Lexington

The Tracks of the U.S.S. Lexington

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, I will be examining a new map from the war each month of 2020. In an earlier issue, we explored how the 5th Armored Division (The "Victory" Division) commemorated their campaign in the European Theater. But...

Staying Informed: Dated Events War Maps

Staying Informed: Dated Events War Maps

Hello again from Curtis Wright Maps! I hope you enjoy this next installment of the monthly updates examining maps from WWII. I also wanted to let you know that I will be participating in the Rose City Virtual Book fair from June 12th - June 14th. Be one...

Rose City Virtual Book Fair

Rose City Virtual Book Fair

Over 30 previously unlisted items available for the first time from Curtis Wright Maps! A short sneak peek is available below. 11:00 A.M. CST June 12th - 6:00 P.M. CST June 14th. Exclusive Preview Event on June 11th. Tickets available here for $10. Hand-embroidered...

The Life-Saving Potential of a Map

The Life-Saving Potential of a Map

Hello Map Enthusiast, Although the world has slowed considerably as a result of COVID-19, Curtis Wright Maps carries on. We’re in the middle of a move to a larger space and continue to update the website regularly with new inventory. Stay tuned for further updates,...

Planning for the Battle of Iwo Jima

Planning for the Battle of Iwo Jima

This month, I chose to look at a map of Iwo Jima on the 75th anniversary of the day the island was declared officially secured by American forces (March 26). I created a 10 minute video overview of a "secret" map that was created just a few months before the battle,...

Mapping the Action:  The Victory Division on the Move

Mapping the Action: The Victory Division on the Move

Good thing it’s a leap year, as we needed every day of February in order to get out our second post reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.  In our January letter, we explored how the experience of war was captured in the Mem-O-Maps of John...

A Look Into John Drury’s Mem-O-Maps

A Look Into John Drury’s Mem-O-Maps

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, I aim to examine a map or map series each month of 2020. It’s important to note these maps, and my analysis, provide only a very narrow window into the most destructive conflict in human history. The view...