Monday, March 10, 2014
This map of the United States from a 1970s-era Soviet atlas has been getting a lot of clicks on Reddit , and as a fan of maps, history, and economics, I had to share it here (scroll down for a closer look at how it portrays Maine):
Here's a closeup of Maine, and the map's legend:
Portland (Портленд) is a relatively small point on the map. Our 1970s economy was allegedly split into three parts: машиностроение и металлообработка – engineering and metalworking, Кожевенная и обувная – leatherworking and footwear, and пищевая – food. There are a couple of fish icons floating off to our south near Cape Cod.
The brown hatched area that covers most of southern and central Maine is described as "молочное скотоводство травосеяние и овощеводство" – dairy, cattle, wheatfields, and horticulture – while the pink area covering northeastern Aroostook County is distinguished as "овощеводство и садоводство" – horticulture and gardening. I'm guessing that the dotted green hills indicate forests.
Elsewhere in New England, the map identifies the Vermont Yankee power plant (the lightning bolt icon near Brattleboro), but leaves out the old Maine Yankee power plant that was built in Wiscasset around the same time. Manchester, Lawrence and Providence still have wedges of blue "текстильная" – textiles.
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