Blue Back Chart
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If not blue backed, charts were often printed on thick paper, or
thin paper laid onto thick in order to prolong their working
From the 1750s,
maritime navigators around the world relied on nautical charts and pilot
books published by a handful of chart makers and instrument sellers
working in the city of London. These privately produced charts or
bluebacks, as they were known because of the tough blue manila paper on
which they were mounted, were in circulation among merchant fleets until
the Second World War.
The makers of the blueback charts were
among the great map publishers of their day, and names like Imray,
Lorie, Norie, and Wilson are well known to anyone with an interest in
the history of nautical publishing and chart design.
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