Chart Showing Where the Seals Were Taken (1892)

Chart showing the locality where seals were taken adjacent to the Commander Islands in 1892 by eight Canadian sealing vessels

Chart Showing Where the Seals Were Taken (1892)
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Date: 1892
Author: Unknown
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Source: Library of Congress
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This is an interesting map, on a couple of levels... but the reason it's included is just the title, I gotta level with you. "Chart Showing Where the Seals Were Taken" is just the funniest title for a map, ever. This coming from a guy who has seen a lot of map titles.

It's just slathered in this quasi-legalistic sort of formality that makes it clear that there was some sort of incident or big to-do. It's like a lawyer is asking an expert witness: "And sir, can you tell us where, exactly, it was that the seals were taken?" To which the bespecticled seal expert nervously responds: "Yes. Well... we've prepared this chart..." And THAT's where the lawyer cuts him off and says "Your honor, we'd like to enter into evidence exhibit D: 'A Chart Showing Where the Seals were taken'."

Anybody knows what the deal was with this chart of some Canadian dudes sealing off the coast of the Commander Islands [gmap], then by all means please tell me. This shit has been eating me up, now, for months.

In the meantime, and on a whole 'nother level: this chart is a pretty amazing visualization. Somebody get this chart to Edward Tufte. Looks like something he'd really want to see.



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