November 30th, 2019


An Area the Size of Wales

Today I'm in my mother's house for the last time ever. All being well, the sale should go through next Friday, and I don't expect to be here again before that. I'll write a proper post when I have more time, but before I head back to Bristol I just want to share this, from her official Welsh school atlas (published 1936). You know how people always talk about geography, rain forest loss, etc., in terms of "an area the size of Wales"? Well, in 1930s Wrexham that comparison was gloriously realised in page after page. Here, for example, is the map of northern Africa:

Wales map

But what's that indomitable splodge of pink in the bottom left-hand corner? You guessed it...

Wales map crop

There were giants in those days.