For informative purposes and to help navigate various map series, we have
begun adding original index sheets to the series. These can be found at the
bottom of mapster index sheets and at the bottom of map lists. As the number
of map series runs in hundreds, so does a number of index sheets, so please
bear with us. If there is an index sheet for a particular map series which
we have not added, please contact us and we should be able to locate it.
Finally, from the collection of the
Uniwersytet Śląski, we have added over 100 maps in the following
From another "corner" of the world, an on-line collection of the
National Library of Australia, we have added an interesting set of British map series "East Turkey in Asia
from the beginning of 20th century, probably related to the
Russo-British "Great Game" for the influence in Asia at that time.
From a private collection, there's a new, rather unappealing, but
very interesting 1:300,000 map -O49
Budweis (Ceske Budejovice). The map is a
copy of a German "Uebersichtskarte von Europa", produced, around 1942,
by a Polish Resistance (AK) cartographic cell. What's interesting, the
map was sent, possibly still in the war time, to London (it bears a
stamp, on the reverse, of Coll Drawczynski of Barnes, London.
1. A few dozen sheets of the WIG 1:100,000 map, to complement
existing sheets (new scans come in full resolution, replace poor quality
scans already available, or show sheet editions previously not available),
2. There are two German 1:25,000 sheets from WW1 (Gruppe Pinsk)
3. one double-sided German map, most probably a field edition dating back
to the beginning of the German invasion on the Soviet Union: (1:100,000 –
N-36-II West Beloj and 1:300,000,
4. A large German overview map (Übersichtskarte Skandinavien-Süd)
dated end of 1941, which also covers north Germany and Pommerania /
5. From the good people of the stareplanymiast.pl
(old town plans), from the Warsaw Archive of Modern Records,
we have received another 6 (variants) of Włocławk town plans
from 1920s, plus, from a
private collection, an interesting German town plan of Rzeszów (Reichshof)
6. There's also a new publication, albeit interesting only for those who
can read Polish - Inż H. Bagiński, „Studja terenu i metoda opisu kraju”
(Terrain studies and the method of land-description dated 1924, which came
large map of north-eastern Poland (currently Lithuania
and Belarus), by the apprentices of the WIG school of map drawing.
Several sheets of WIG 1:100,000 maps have been
added, mainly replacing poor quality, or low resolution scans. All new
sheets have been marked with green colour.
From the map archive of the Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza in Poznan, we
have received over 70 new scans of a WW2 German soil maps (Bodenschäzungskarte)
in 1:25,000 scale covering the areas of Western Poland incorporated into
3rd Reich. The maps are based on Polish, German and Russian maps and fill
some gaps in detailed mapping of that area currently unavailable from the
other, main map series.
From the collection of the Library of Congress, there is a set of 14
sheets of an early 19th century map of Galicia (Uibersichts Karte von Galizien)
in 1:390,000 scale.
Courtesy of a website stareplany.pl,
from the collection of the Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych in Warsaw, we have
added 4 town plans of Włocławek, dated
(approximately): 1831, 1844, 1851 and 1942, plus, from a private
collection a German town plan of Pabianice
von Pabianitz) from 1943.
From the map collection of Uniwersytet Śląski again, about 70 sheets of
a German "soil
evaluation map" (Bodenschätzungskarte) in 1:25, 000 scale, dated 1940 –
1943 which covers the area of western
Poland, annexed by the Reich in late 1939.
From our own collections, we have added 13
sheets of detailed plans of Danzig / Gdańsk
(so-called Geländeplan), scale 1:2500, and one sheet of
1:5000. It's more than likely that Danzig was covered by
well over 100 sheets. We will try to identify libraries and archives where
other sheets might be stored, in order to make them available.
And, a bit of personal touch on the subject of WIG - two
photographs of (mainly military) personnel, probably dated 1930s. No
1 and No
See you next year!
Due to an influx of Christmas "duties", we
have only a relatively minor update today:
- courtesy of a private map collector, we have received two
rare WIG 1:25,000 maps from the Góry Świętokrzyskie area: Bodzentyn
Słupia. They are tourist editions, hence the colour.
Courtesy of dr Brendan Whyte from the National Library of Australia, we
have received 5
sheets of a rare, Mil-Geo edition of the standard 1:100,000 WW2 map
plus, from the collection of a digital arm of the Polish National Library
“Polona” – another sheet (Krasnystaw) of the same edition. As it happens,
some sheets of this edition carry, on their reverse, a town plan, and so
is the case with this sheet, hence the German Mil-Geo
Stadtplan Lublin (please note the file is 600 dpi and
will, most likely NOT open in web browsers, you need to download it
Christmas is upon us, so we wish you all a quiet Christmas.
Through hard work of people running eastopomaps.org,
we have received, from the map collection of the Library of Congress, a new
set of maps from the Soviet Union:
approx. 720 sheets of a Soviet
1:25,000 map, dated 1924 - 1943 approx.. 30 sheets of a German map:
Rußland 1:25 000 dated 1942 – 1942.
Some new sheets show larger towns, such as Leningrad and Kiev.
We have managed to locate and make available for the "literature" section the original of the WIG
maps from 1929 „Przepisy podstawowe o sporzadzaniu map…” (core
instructions on WIG maps), which provide a descriptive specification sheet
for basic WIG map series.
Courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz we have also made available a map and a
brochure by a known Polish cartographer, Franciszek Uhorczak, „Skorowidz
nazw gromad, miast i miasteczek… woj. lwowskiego, stanislawskiego i
tarnopolskiego” (Gazetteer). The gazetteer comes with a large map, which
ca be downloaded from Mapster.
We have also added a German brochure dated July 1939 including a set of
"drive-through" town plans of Poland („Stadt-Durchfahrten in Polen und
Please note: most maps have been scanned at 600 dpi, some files,
particularly large-format sheets such as Grossblatt editions, might be up
to 100 Mb.
A technical issue: we are aware of a problem with our website en-coding,
which now defaults to ISO-8859-1. The effect, in plain English, is that
some characters are replaced with illegible garbage which makes it hard or
impossible to read some portions of the text. We are working
to fix this issue.
I downloaded this file http://www.mapywig .org/m/K.u.K._maps /series/075K/600dp i/ZONE_6_COL_XXIII _BOCHNIA_und_CZCHO W_1899.jpg . Now I cannot find it to give to a friend of mine in England. Can you hel