1930s The Land of Make Believe

1930s The Land of Make Believe

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By: Jaro Hess

Date: 1930s (published) Grand Rapids, MI

Dimensions: 24.5 x 36.25 inches (62 x 92 cm)

A fine example of one of the most sought-after and creative pictorial maps that exemplify the trend and style of early to mid-20th century map making.

This is arguably the most imaginative and delightful maps ever created. Jaro Hess's work depicts a marvelous wonderland including castles from every culture, and from his very own imagination. We see such familiar figures as the cow jumping over the moon, Jack climbing the Bean Stalk, the Emerald City of Oz, the house that belongs to Grandfather Know-All, Hansel and Gretel and the Gingerbread House, to name just a few of the well-known marvels of this wondrous poster. We also see figures such as mermaids, peculiar fishes, the water babies and the mysterious island. 

About Jaro Hess

Czech-born artist Jaro Hess' map has been stimulating the imagination of youngsters of all ages since its publication in 1930. Hess' painting, "Adventure in Storyland," which offered a dazzling Grand Unifying Theory of the world's fairy tales, was turned into a poster by The Child's Wonderland Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The poster provides not only a glimpse into the best-known fairy tales from different parts of the world, but also a glimpse into the inner world of Hess, who, due to the Great Depression, found it necessary to do whatever job came to hand, while at the same time indulging his passion for art.

Condition: Map is in B+ condition presenting vibrant color and full margins on all sides. The map is free from any backing board, which is a rarity among most other examples of this map in any state. Some damp-staining is apparent but mostly confined to the margins. Also, the map has some waviness about it that can be remedied through linen-backing at the buyer's request for an additional charge. 

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