Our Favorite Nautical Prints from Alternate Histories: Where the Past Comes Monstrously to Life

by Carolyn Sotka

sanfrancisco

“Woe betide the sailor or shipping merchant who failed to heed the warnings of Bessie, the South Bay Behemoth. This overhead map kindly shows the usual location of the mighty Bessie in a vividly rendered re-enactment of the great Water Monster wreaking havoc with the shipping industry, a major problem for commerce in the growing city.” Description and digital print from: Alternate Histories on ETSY.

Alternate Histories of the World by Mathew Buchholz is a fascinating collection of maps, photographs, engravings and paintings from the early ages to modern day, providing a stunning new look at the world as defined by our struggles and alliances with mythical monsters and supernatural creatures.

charleston

“What a fine, multicolored lithographic map of Charleston, South Carolina! Dating from 1872, this map includes a full view of the Harbor Horror, aka the Cooper River Creature, aka the Creeping Terror of Charleston, aka the Scourge of South Carolina, aka the Unholy Horror, aka the Colossus of the Citadel, and many, many more.” Description and digital print from: Alternate Histories on ETSY.

new orleans

“New Orleans is a city that has known its share of triumph & tragedy. Nowhere is this more clear than in its contentious relationship with the many-tentacled Mississippi Monster. Initially content to live in the high river waters of Missouri, the monster had by the late 19th century migrated south to New Orleans, where it caused considerable havoc with the fishing and shipping industries.” Description and digital print from: Alternate Histories on ETSY.

buchholz

“The Brooklyn Bridge under attack! A hearty cheer went up from the citizens and laborers on May 24, 1883 when the East River Suspension Bridge (or “Brooklyn Bridge” as it is commonly known) was finally opened to traffic. The building of the bridge took thirteen years and encountered numerous obstacles including the death of principal Architect John Roebling, decompression sickness in the mighty caissons, and the near-daily assaults by Rosie, the East River Monster.” Description and digital print from: Alternate Histories on ETSY.

Alternate Histories of the World has more than 100 full-color images and insightful essays that make this book an essential addition to the libraries of dedicated historians as well as casual fans of aliens, robots, monsters and mayhem. Check out the Alternate Histories Web site for more fantastical maps, Amazon to purchase the book and ETSY to browse and purchase prints. – CS

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