The Avenger, not the octopus: Fred Rose’s other map of 1877

I was delighted to have the opportunity to purchase a scarce map by Fred Rose, one which offers a few insights into Rose’s intentions when he created his most well-known map, his Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877.The latter famously depicts Russia as an inhuman octopus menacing its neighbours, but I…

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Spot the difference (with a difference): two states of Crétée’s satirical map of Europe, 1914-15

Crétée’s scarce First World War caricature map has cropped up on this blog before, but I have now had the opportunity to compare the two versions side by side:   It has laid to rest any lingering doubts I may have had that the version published in Paris, firstly under the…

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