Map lovers, here is something that you would want to take notice of: The Map of the Square and Stationary Earth. This map was drawn by Professor Orlando Ferguson in Hot Springs, South Dakota way back in 1893. Today, there seems to be only one in existence – at least the only intact one.
The idea of a square and stationary Earth is totally outdated and we all know that this map is so far from being accurate. That fact makes the map a novelty, though, and being the only intact one left, it is rather valuable. The current owner is Don Homuth, a former North Dakota senator. He has had the map for a long time, not realizing that it is the only one of its kind. He only found out about this when he got in touch with the Library of Congress with the intent of donating the map.
Without further ado, here is the Map of the Square and Stationary Earth – although the Earth is still circular, only set in a square frame!
For a better view of the details, here is the map in full size. Don’t forget to take a close look at the images in the outermost parts of the map. Prof. Ferguson has placed his arguments against a spherical Earth in these locations, and as wrong as they may be, they are admirably drawn. And one can’t deny that the men clinging on to a speeding Earth for dear life is hilarious.
I wonder if reprints can be made? This would look good on the wall of my home library. (My imaginary one, that is.)