I have a large collection of maps from National Geographic; my Uncle Jim Schmelzer worked there for many, many years, and as a result there was a constant supply of these colorful portrayals of our world in my house. It is fascinating to hear the back story on what got them started.
How World War I Launched Mapmaking at National Geographic
This July marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. It was during the war that National Geographic Society began producing original maps.