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  • Denis
    The past is preferable!
    • Mar 2004
    • 1515

    WWI era vintage scrolling map ?

    A friend showed me an unusual artifact yesterday, It was found deep in a hedgerow near what is now Stansted airport in the 1950's. It appears to be a scrolling map holder, made of very light gauge aluminum and bears no visible marks or stamps.
    The map itself also appears to be military in origin and is of the area surrounding Verdun. It has penciled trench lines and has French forts highlighted by pencil circles drawn around them.
    Has anyone any ideas as to its origin/vintage

    Another conundrum is how it ended up in a hedgerow, and why!

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    Last edited by Denis; 8th July 2019, 23:04.
    Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
    http://hamg.co.uk

    Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
    http://www.wartime-airfields.com
  • Maxim08
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jun 2014
    • 97

    #2
    Denis, discussion about one of these came up recently on 'The Aerodrome' forum.

    http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/sh...&postcount=561

    Regards
    John

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    • J Boyle
      With malice towards none
      • Oct 2004
      • 9761

      #3
      I would think the map itself will tell you a great deal of its history.
      I'm sure London has an antique map shop which could pin down the general timeframe and other details.
      There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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      • Denis
        The past is preferable!
        • Mar 2004
        • 1515

        #4
        Thanks for the replies so far, very interesting to say the least!
        Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
        http://hamg.co.uk

        Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
        http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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        • Denis
          The past is preferable!
          • Mar 2004
          • 1515

          #5
          Apparently this item has this stamped on it :

          Aeronautique Militaire MG BTe SGD
          Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
          http://hamg.co.uk

          Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
          http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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          • J Boyle
            With malice towards none
            • Oct 2004
            • 9761

            #6
            A bit of a historic update:

            I'm reading a book about the 1908 New York to Paris automobile race and one of the team's (a French De Dion) had a scrolling map. So it appears the idea even predates the war.
            Last edited by J Boyle; 19th July 2019, 16:03.
            There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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            • Denis
              The past is preferable!
              • Mar 2004
              • 1515

              #7
              Thank you Mr Boyle, that is interesting.I shall pass this on to the current owner of the item.

              I have also suggested that she contact the Shuttleworth Collection here in the UK, they may have info too...perhaps!
              Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
              http://hamg.co.uk

              Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
              http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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