Sunday, November 1, 2015

Relief Maps

Frances Richardson recently donated a remarkable series of relief maps from the 1930s along with a complete set of molds used to make them and archival papers documenting their history.

Her father, Rodney Woodard invented the process. He made these small "Pocket" size maps for Mount Washington (Pinkham Notch), Crawford Notch and Franconia Notch. He also made a wide variety of related flat maps, photo maps, map post cards and so on. 

Plaster forms used to make metal dies. 

Metal dies to mold the plastic sheets into relief maps. 

Print blocks to print labels and map features onto the plastic. 

As always, if you would like more information on this subject let us know through a comment or contact us at the Conway Public Library's Henney History Room. 

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