Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This fantastic slice of cartography, with its almost eerie, lunar atmosphere, is a page from an equally gorgeous route planner published by KLM around 1960. This page shows one segment of the airline's great Trans-Saharan route, which originates in Europe, clears the desert at Kano, and plunges into equatorial Africa, stopping at Brazzaville (where KLM is absent today). The route describes the final leg as terminating in Johannesburg. This is virtually the only African route, long before KLM's broad expansion to everywhere from Kilimanjaro to Conakry.