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There are certain things every civilisation needs. These things have changed a whole lot in recent times.

For instance, everyone needs a hospital nearby. And a school. Probably a supermarket.

And a post office.

Derek Watkins visualised something rather unique but, actually, rather enlightening – the expansion of the US, using only Post Offices from 1700 until 1900.

You see the initial and sudden spark of activity down the East Coast throughout the mid-late 1700’s, with the early 1800’s showing that initial spark thicken out into densely populated areas… of post offices.

By 1850, the West Coast is suddenly alight with post office-focused magic – with central America becoming swamped by the 1900’s and no major gaps really remaining.

It’s a brilliant way to map the spread of the population – but I now want to see it for everything. Hospitals, hotels, mechanics, police stations.

All the things!

There is an interactive versionĀ – but the video is too much fun. Also it doesn’t work.


Found on: Stumbleupon

Designed by: Derek Watkins

Commissioned by: Derek Watkins

Researched by: Derek Watkins


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