Friday, January 1, 2010

Lufthansa Worldwide, 1971

This sharp web is a unique delineation of the standard route map that Lufthansa employed in its Streckenatlas for many years. City names are clustered together where possible, and the red lines themselves only vaguely suggest the actual flight paths,

The resulting Anchorage-Germany-Bangkok trigonometry at the center is lovely; but in other areas it is a bit confusing. For instance, were there really three paths from Germany to Santiago, and two separate flights that terminated at Johannesburg?

Its interesting to examine the list of Near-East cities (Kuwait, Jeddah, Dhahran) common in the day, where popular contemporary way stations (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha) are absent. Also, note the lack of Sunbelt Cities, only Los Angeles is served outside of the Northeastern US.

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