This is a fine print reproduction of a decorative pictorial map of Europe produced by Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM.
The whimsical map depicts the UK, Western Europe in its entirety, Scandinavia, and parts of Russia and Anatolia. Vignettes sprightly portray iconographic ideals of sport, professional life, tourism and industry for each part of each region, from musicians in Salzburg to a matador fleeing from a bull near Madrid.
The map is surrounded by medallions naming KLM's various subsidiaries and the countries to which the KLM subsidiary flies.
What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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