Chart of Knowledge: Europe
Chart of Knowledge Co. of America — Boston, Mass.
1931; 10.25” Ø
I am dorkily excited that I just acquired (via eBay) the brother to the United States Chart of Knowledge. Yes, it’s true, I am now in possession of the Europe Chart of Knowledge. I love so many things about it, including the Downton Abbey thoughts it inspires when I dial up Great Britain and Ireland. Also great: the indicator arrow that rises out of the Scandinavian Peninsula to tell you which country’s wildly out of date facts you are studying (though I guess Principle Rivers and Highest Mountains rarely change) actually emerges just slightly from the inner dial. A great detail! I also love the little triangles below each country’s name to line up with the arrow. And how wonderfully strange that the only mountains drawn are the Ural Mts., which are indicated by large tire tracks. Plus who doesn’t love an abbreviation that leaves a trail of apostrophes in its wake as M’N’F’G.?
In this view (again pardon the awkward scan-stitching) we learn that Iceland’s Principal Imports are All Necessaries, that its Government is a Constitutional Monarchy, that its Principal River is the Thjorsa, and that Principal Agricultural Products include Hay, Potatoes, and Turnips. Or at least they did in 1931.
I like to imagine that there are little people in the giant Chart of Knowledge zeppelin, taking an educational time-travel tour of Europe, admiring the facts of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, on their way across the continent. Sign me up!