Flight of "The Gulliver"

Author: Immerman, Sol
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date: 1943
Location: North Pole, World

Dimensions: 21.0 x 28.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given


Following Richard Harrison's lead, other World War II cartographers and illustrators adopted global perspectives. When centered on the North Pole, such works highlighted the fact that almost 90 per cent of the world's population lived north of the Equator.

In this example, free-lance illustrator Sol Immerman used a global perspective as the basis of his end-paper illustration for ''One World'', Wendell Willkie's account of his wartime goodwill trip around the world in 1942. Although the trip was accomplished in 49 days, it took only 160 hours of flying time, underscoring how small the world was becoming.

Willkie is best remembered as the Republican Presidential candidate who was defeated by Roosevelt in 1940. However, both were united in their opposition to Democratic and Republican leaders who wanted to return America to its pre-World War II policy of isolationism. Consequently, Roosevelt urged Willkie to undertake this trip, visiting America's allies around the globe.

In commenting on the implications of his trip, Willkie noted I had traveled a total of 31,000 miles, which & still impresses and almost bewilders me. For the net impression of my trip was not one of distance from other peoples, but of closeness to them. If I had ever had any doubts that the world has become small and completely interdependent, this trip would have dispelled them altogether.

Published in Wendell L. Willkie's ''One World'' (New York, 1943).

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