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Ernest Dudley Chase and Stephen York. A Pictorial Map of Loveland, Winchester, MA, 1943
Ernest Dudley Chase and Stephen York.
A Pictorial Map of Loveland
Winchester, MA, 1943
During his career as a greeting card designer, Chase published approximately fifty pictorial maps, generally displaying a sense of humor. While most used illustrations to highlight geographical information in real places, he also created maps of imaginary places.

This fictitious map of a heart-shaped place called Loveland merged the sentimentality of greeting cards with standard cartographic conventions. Loveland was appropriately portrayed with meticulously drawn and cleverly labeled images. From its decorative border to conventional map elements, Chase completely committed to the theme of love. Even the compass rose was composed of a cluster of hearts pieced by three arrows.

 

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