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1962 JRO-Sonderkarte Multilingual Pictorial City Map of Berlin, Germany

Berlin. - Main View

1962 JRO-Sonderkarte Multilingual Pictorial City Map of Berlin, Germany


Illustrates the Berlin Wall less than 18 months after it was built - a physical manifestation of the Cold War.


  1962 (undated)     23.75 x 33 in (60.325 x 83.82 cm)     1 : 69120


This is a 1962 JRO-Sonderkarte pictorial city map of Berlin, Germany. The map depicts East and West Berlin, with the recently constructed Berlin Wall dividing the city in two. Created within 18 months of the construction of the Berlin Wall, a certain undeniable cultural cache exists in this piece. Arguably nothing symbolizes the Cold War more than the Berlin Wall and a divided Berlin. Here, West Berlin is encircled by barbed wire on three sides with the Berlin Wall completing its imprisonment on the fourth.

Sites throughout East and West Berlin are labeled throughout, including both Tegel and Tempelhof Airports, both of which played a critical role in the Berlin Airlift conducted between 1948 and 1949. Neighborhoods in both East and West Berlin are labeled, such as Spandau and Charlottenburg. Twenty-one locations around West Berlin are illustrated in profile and numerically identified, including the Brandenburg Gate, which bisects the Berlin Wall. A corresponding index is included along the left border. Keys to the various symbols used on the map are included on the right and below the map and are explained in German, English, French, and Spanish. Berlin's coat of arms is included in the upper left corner, and the whole is surrounded by a black, red, and yellow border: the colors of the German flag. A map of the Berlin Airlift and a photo of the Brandenburg Gate are included on the verso.

This map was produced by JRO-Sonderkarte in 1962.


Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs at fold intersections. Closed tears each extending one inch into printed area from the left side professionally repaired on verso. Text, photographs, and a map illustrating communication lines between West Berlin and West Germany on verso.