Classic School Map Find


While rummaging at a local church rummage sale last fall, I saw this hanging in a corner. It was a canvas map that used to hang in a classroom in the school attached to the church. I figured it would be out of my price range for the day (I had $10 whole bucks in my wallet), but I asked anyway.

$6. $6!! I bought it on the spot. The older lady taking the money told me a young woman was eyeing it up earlier, but she went home saying she need to think it over. I hope she decided she didn’t want it, because I know it makes no sense to pass up something so under priced.

I estimate the map to be from about 1970. I’m dating it from the geography it presents. It features the territory of Afars and Issas. Today we know this as Djibouti, but it used the name Afars and Issas from 1967 to 1977. Further down the African continent I spotted The Congo. In 1971, The Congo would become Zaire (today the Democratic Republic of Congo). This puts the map after 1967, but before 1971. So i’m rounding it to circa 1970. (Still before I was born, so its an antique to me).