Vintage stuff is way underrated, especially when you see such great artwork forgotten by time. We’ve come across some satirical maps that describe in a humorous fashion Europe’s situation as seen during the first World War. Here are the artworks:

1914 unknown maps

1914 unknown maps

Het Gekkenhuis (Oud Liedje, Nieuwe Wijs)
{approx: The Insane Asylum (Old Song, Newly Wise (or ‘new tune’?)}
(by Louis Raemaekers; Amsterdam, Senefelder [pub.] 1915)

1914 unknown maps
Humoristische Karte von Europa im Jahre 1914
(by K. Lehmann-Dumont; Leutert & Schneidewind, Dresden, 1914)

1914 unknown maps

Sommerschau über Europa 1915
{Summer Review of Europe, 1915}
(by Lucas Gräfe; Hamburg, AK [pub.], 1915)

1914 unknown maps
Gedrängte Frühjahrsübersicht von Europa im Jahre 1915
{approx: Compact Overview of European Spring, 1915}
(by Lucas Gräfe; Hamburg, AK [pub.], 1915)

1914 unknown maps

European Revue – Kill That Eagle
(by J. Amschewitz; London, Pub. by “Geographica”, 1914)

1914 unknown maps
“Hark! hark! The dogs do bark!”
(note by Walter Emanuel; London, G.W. Bacon & Co. 1914)

1914 unknown maps

Karte von Europa im Jahre 1914

(by W Trier; Berlin, 1914)

1914 unknown maps

Satyrische Europa Karte Weltkrieg 1914
{Satirical Map of Europe in the World War 194}
(by E Zimmerman; Hamburg, W. Nölting [pub.], 1914)

High resolution maps can be found here. Thanks Peacay!

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Posted by Steven G. Harms | August 6th, 2008 11:21 pm

The Dutch in the first map ( “kaart” ), says

“oud liedje, nieuwe wijs”

Literally: “An old little tune, new mode”

I would try to translate that more idiomatically in English as:

“A familiar tune, new refrain”

or, more idiomatically yet

“New verse, same as the first”

Posted by HC | August 6th, 2008 11:30 pm

Het Gekkenhuis (Oud Liedje, Nieuwe Wijs)
{approx: The Insane Asylum (Old Song, Newly Wise (or ‘new tune’?)

Definitely : new tune !

Posted by senthil | August 6th, 2008 11:36 pm

where can i find higher resolutions of these maps ?

Posted by Dude | August 7th, 2008 12:14 am

Could you post higher resolution images?
These are great, but are not of sufficient quality for printing.

Posted by Dude | August 7th, 2008 12:22 am

these were probably lifted from
That stream has them all.
Pretty lame to show images with limited resolution and not reference the source.
Don’t bother replying to, I just use that email whenever one is required. I have no idea who that person is.

Posted by rabb | August 7th, 2008 1:11 am

In regards to Stephen Harms, a mode is actually a scale of music. I.E. a song could be played in another scale making it sound, sadder, move lively, more sexy… and so on. So if the cartographer meant modes in that sense, then the Dutchmen would have simply meant, the song was the same, but the elements within the song had changed.

Posted by Bob | August 7th, 2008 2:58 am

My name is Bob and my email address is Dude @ 12:22 am, I would sincerely appreciate it if you stopped using my email address as your own.

You should see my inbox.

Posted by Jim McDosh | August 7th, 2008 3:28 am

Dude that is so cool. he really is all that and then some!


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Posted by Francis Caestecker | August 7th, 2008 9:45 pm

As a Belgian, I can say that:

“Oud liedje, nieuwe wijs”


“Old song, new way (of singing it.)”

Wijs is old-Dutch for “wijze”, which means “way”. Like the way you do something.

wijze [de ~ (m),de ~] (methode)
method [the ~]
way [the ~]
methodology [the ~]
manner [the ~]
mode [the ~]
course [the ~]

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