Monday, September 22, 2014

Circa 1951 illustrated map of Taunus and Rhine, West Germany

Here is about three-fourths of an old foldout map (the portion to the right didn't fit on my scanner) for part of West Germany. It is signed by A. Schäfer, with the year 1951, in the lower-left corner. The map was designed, I would guess, to promote post-war internal tourism among West Germans.

At the center of the map is the destination city of Wiesbaden. That name translates to "Meadow Baths," and the city is apparently one of the oldest spa towns in Europe. It also has casinos.

Surrounding Wiesbaden are the Taunus, Hunsrück and Odenwald mountain ranges. And Wiesbaden sits on the northern bank of the Rhine.

Printed on the map, with regard to Wiesbaden, is Idealer Mittelpunkt für Autofahrten, which translates to "Ideal center for road trips." And Ganzjährig: Kur/Erholung/sport translates to "Year-round health/recreation/sport."

Here are some closeups of various portions of the map...

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