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Map 14

Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966), The United States as Viewed by California (very unofficial), Winchester, MA, 1940
Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966)
The United States as Viewed by California
(very unofficial)

Winchester, MA, 1940
Recognized for his whimsical pictorial maps, Chase created this highly distorted view of the United States as perceived by Californians. One-third the size of the rest of the country, the state is perpetually drenched by the sun. A bustling California is also depicted as a cornucopia of plenty, teaming with industry, agriculture, recreational activity, and natural wonders.

The rest of the county is overshadowed by a dark cloud and a vast, depressing spider web. Other states are distorted or are omitted entirely. However, Chase’s native New England retains its shape and receives some sunlight for half of the year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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