Pull-down school map of the world from 1948. Bought at an antique shop a few years ago and hanging in my apartment ever since.

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This is cool, but at the same time, it’s a really shitty and inaccurate map. Looking just at Europe:

* The Neisse part of the [Oder-Neisse Line](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oder%E2%80%93Neisse_line) is wrong; it jags too far East. Not that it reflects West German claims, either – those would have placed all pre-1937 German territories now controlled by Poland or the USSR as disputed.

* The Saar is depicted as part of Germany, with not even a dotted line, when in 1948 it was [a French protectorate](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saar_Protectorate) with an uncertain future.

* Soviet East Prussia – [Kaliningrad Oblast](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaliningrad_Oblast) – is depicted as part of the Lithuanian SSR, not as a subject of the RFSSR.

* The [Curzon Line](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curzon_Line) – Poland’s Eastern border as dictated by the Soviets after 1945 – is dashed, as if it is tentative. But this demarcation was accepted by all the Great Powers, as well as the internationally recognized Polish government.

* The Republic of Ireland – technically a Commonwealth member until 1949, but an independent state – is colored British pink. Perhaps all Commonwealth members are pink? But then Pakistan isn’t, so it’s inconsistent.

* The Baltic SSRs are depicted as *de jure* Soviet territory, which [very few states recognized as such.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_continuity_of_the_Baltic_states) In particular this is an American map and the United States was [always adamant in its recognition of Baltic independence.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welles_Declaration)

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