Mapping Modernity

4. Two Worlds 1950

23 October 2023

The World divided into red and blue

The world is portrayed in shades of red and blue, with red symbolising the Soviet Union, and by extension, the colour of revolution. US propaganda enthusiastically adopts this colour scheme on this map, as it enhances the perceived threat and sheer magnitude of the continental Soviet empire.

In contrast, the coalitions where the United States exert influence are depicted in a friendly blue tone, creating a stark contrast.

R. Chapin, Two Worlds 1950, New York 1950, in: Time Magazine, January 2, 1950, pp. 34-35. Coll. S/T W.9e.71, 28.5 x 41.5 cm.