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Map Making Before Computers: How'd They Do It?

Ever wonder how maps were made in the decades before vector-based graphics software like Adobe Illustrator were invented? The Atlantic has posted a film from the 1940's that documents the process of "Modern Map Making."

"Caught Mapping, produced by Chevrolet in 1940, explores how roadmaps were made at the time. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, the educational film outlines the whole process, from the field men who do the research to the cartographers who update the maps, featuring strategically placed Chevrolet cars all along the way," writes Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg.

Full Story: A Vintage Look at 'Modern Map Making' in the 1940s

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