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National Geographic Maps – New at WorldMapsOnline

We’re excited to announce the arrival of National Geographic Maps on our website. We are a licensed Print on Demand partner with NatGeo Maps, and have access to a comprehensive collection of their award-winning maps. We actually began offering these late in 2018 but we never made an announcement about them. Many of the National Geographic maps are shining examples of superior cartography, and are some of the finest maps available today. Combined with our capabilities for large format prints and murals at premium quality, we’re able to offer some of the nicest printed maps available anywhere.

We’ve developed a suite of standard sizes and material options for these maps, and most can be customized as well. Be sure to have a look at a National Geographic title if you’re considering a beautiful and information-rich map.

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Winners Announced – “Re-Imagine the Map of the World” Competition

We are very happy to announce, in association with the Center on Contemporary Art, the three winners of our World Map Design Competition. The challenge was to “Re-Imagine the Map of the World”.

1st place
Stephen Rock
Seattle, Washington
“World Map”
$500.00 prize
A full-size giclée print on archival paper
An invitation to sell their winning piece in 1-World’s online store

2nd place
Larry and Debby Kline
Escondido, California
“The Alchemist Afloat in the Gyre”
$250.00 prize
A full-size giclée print on archival paper

3rd place
Brita Ness
Seattle, Washington
“Subdivision”
$100.00 prize
A full-size giclée print on archival paper

We also would like to thank the many other artists who submitted inspiring pieces for the competition. With their permission, we will be exhibiting some of their works on our website in June. Stay tuned.

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NASA called

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was created by Congress in 1958, purportedly to explore space and study aeronautics. Although part of its declared mission was to ensure that the space program would be conducted for peaceful purposes only, we now know that much of what NASA does is expressly military in nature. There have been many more manned and unmanned space missions than the ones the public has been told about. We can only guess at what they were designed to accomplish and whether they succeeded or failed.

But there is one mission that we know exactly what it was meant to do. The Kepler Space Observatory, named after German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler,  was launched on March 7, 2009 to look for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars.

And they’ve found lots of them. Over one thousand already.

Back here on Earth, we try to ignore all the telemarketers and spammers calling our shop during the day, but when NASA’s Ames Research Center calls, we answer the phone. They’ve called before, as have the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the White Sands Missile Range, and the U.S. Air Force on several occasions. They’re always looking for new maps and globes and we’ve got what they need at worldmapsonline.com and 1worldglobes.com.

This time, NASA needed us to create giant, custom inflatable globes of some of Kepler’s latest discoveries. They sent us the digital artwork they had created and we had it fashioned into a new family of globes – all thanks to the Kepler Observatory that’s still flying today in an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit through space.

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CoCA and the World Map Competition

We love maps and we love art. So we decided to combine the two and launch a World Map Design Competition together with the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle (CoCA). The challenge: re-imagine the map of the world.

We spoke with Joseph Roberts, board member and exhibit curator at CoCA, to get his thoughts on the challenge and the project.

1-World:
Joseph, thank you for stopping by. How did you originally get involved with 1-World Globes & Maps and what are you hoping to accomplish with a partnership like this?

Joseph Roberts:
The “Re-envision The Map of The World” project is the brainchild of John DeGiacomo, 1-World’s Marketing Coordinator. Because of my deep involvement with CoCA, John reached out to me to discuss whether it might make sense for CoCA to collaborate on this project. I was immediately convinced. I’m fascinated to see how different artists will respond to the same words. What is a “map”? What is the “world”? What is a “map of the world”? What does it mean to re-envision that?

CoCA is a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of contemporary art. I’m always looking for projects that advance that mission. So, if a project promises to introduce CoCA’s work and that of its artists to new audiences, I’m interested. What do we hope to accomplish? Synergy.

1-World:
Has there been much interest in the competition? I saw that you put out a call for artists. Can you tell us anything about people’s reactions to the project? Continue reading

Lending a hand

Our office and warehouse are located between the International District and the Central District in Seattle. The I.D., as we call it, is comprised of Little Saigon, Chinatown, Japan Town, and a small Philippine community that, as far as I know, has not been given an official designation.

The city of Seattle decided to change the name from Chinatown to the “International District” in 1999. The Chinese were not having any of it. They had already been living in Chinatown for over one hundred years before the name was changed. They took down the street signs the city had put up and replaced them with “Chinatown” signs.

Most, if not all of the Japanese -Americans were sent to internment camps during the second world war. Many returned to find their homes and businesses appropriated by others, but their history and contributions to Seattle are still visible in the small businesses, restaurants, and trade organizations peppered throughout the neighborhood.
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Thank You Seattle

Have you ever owned your own business? Then you know about hard work. I’m talking about the day-in and day-out, behind-the-scenes, thankless work that goes unnoticed and unappreciated. The kind of work it takes to create something out of nothing and then keep it going for years and years against the odds.

We were thinking about those hard-working people the other day. Those crazy people with big dreams who choose to do whatever it takes to provide a unique service for their communities and a living for their families. Those people who do the hard work that makes all our lives a little more fun and a little more joyous. Those small business owners in every town whose commitment and dedication make the town what it is.

We wanted to honor them somehow so we decided to start in Seattle where we live. We came up with a list of places that we think of as fundamentally Seattle; nine favorite public establishments that have stuck it out through thick-and-thin and have survived despite the rising rents, the changing tastes, and the never-ending flow of upstart competitors looking to make a name for themselves. (see the list below)

We’re map people so we started looking through our historical map collection to find an appropriate thank you gift to send them. We settled on our bird’s eye view map of the city of Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington Territory, published in 1878 by A.L. Bancroft & Co., lithographers. www.worldmapsonline.com/kr-1878-se.htm

We added a dedication and personalized note to the map for each business and mailed them off without any notice and without any expectation. Just a thank-you note, 1-World style.

“Congratulations. We think you deserve to be recognized for doing the hard work, for fighting the good fight, and for providing a wonderful place for the people of Seattle for all these years. Please accept this small gift from us as an expression of our appreciation. Thank you.”

Lockspot Cafe, 3005 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 789-4865

Le Pichet, Pike Place Market, 1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 256-1499

The Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 443-3241

Linda’s Tavern, 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 325-1220

Monorail Espresso, 520 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 422-0736

Hattie’s Hat, 5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 784-0175

Montlake Bicycle Shop, 2223 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 329-7333

Café Lago, 2305 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 329-8005

Virginia Inn, 1937 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 728-1937

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