Marshall Islands “Stick Map” (1920s)
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Hard-core map geeks prolly already knew about this. But if you're a casual fan, or just starting out... this is one of the cooler map idioms you're likely to come across.
Don't know much about the idiom, sadly. Somebody out there must've done a paper on them, or something, yeah?
Come on, academics! Search your fancy online journal databases and email me the PDF (firstname.lastname@example.org). I won't tell nobody -- no worries. I'm dying to know more.
More Info: Twitter user @vWMaps pointed me towards a fantastic resource for further research. The University of Chicago Press has graciously provided PDFs of the series The History of Cartography. It's all worth a read, but the relevant chapter is titled "Nautical Cartography and Traditional Navigation in Oceania" and can be found in Volume 2, Book 3. Thanks, vWMaps.