Old school map

'Village form' old school map‘Village form’ school map, 1950s
made in Germany

Ok, ok, enough with the school maps already! But I do love this town planning one. That’s totally a subject that should be taught in school. Far too late to be teaching it at university- children should understand urban form from an early age. Imagine the cities we’d be living in if that was the case.

Dorfformen translates as ‘village form’ and here we see three forms in plan view and perspective. Google translate gives no clue as to the meaning of angerdorf, waldhfendorf or rundling- but really do we need one? The drawings are self-explanatory.

I bought this old school map at a Berlin flea market ; it now graces my drawing office. The colours and forms are so conducive to thinking about design. All drawing should be this good.

Old school map ; New South Wales [sold]

Modern Teaching Map No 112
Chas H. Scally & Co. 8th Ed, c.1950s

A lovely old map from a primary school in the Blue Mountains, this map shows New South Wales and the Snowy Mountains Scheme in the 1950s.

The Snowy Mountains Scheme map [commenced in 1949- a revolutionary hydro-electric project] indicates roads, tunnels and power stations on the legend. Meanwhile, NSW is described by railways, highways, shipping routes, towns connected by air with Sydney & Melbourne, irrigation areas and irrigation districts. Yep, in the 50s irrigation was important stuff.

The map is in great condition: the colours and finish of the map are superb. I have seen similar maps- albeit of later editions in antique shops – for a WHOLE lot of money; but this map needs to be seem and displayed so I have priced it to sell.

The map of NSW c.1950 is for sale: $AUD175