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How Road Maps Were Made in the 1940s

An educational film from Chevrolet explains what it took to make an accurate map.

While Apple takes on the challenge of besting Google's mapping service, perhaps we should take a quick pause to see how far we've come.

Over at The Atlantic's video channel, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg shows us (courtesy of the Prelinger ArchiveCaught Mapping, a 1940 educational film from Chevrolet.

The show demonstrates how road maps were made at the time. It captures the entire process, from field surveillance for route updates to photographing a fresh map using the largest camera you've ever seen to create a negative for press production. Of course, Chevrolets are strategically scattered throughout.

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