This fantastic contraption, called the ‘Routefinder’, showed 1920s drivers in the UK the roads they were travelling down, gave them the mileage covered and told them to stop when they came at journey’s end. The technology – a curious cross between the space age and the stone age – consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ‘scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip the driver fancied taking. 1920 S, The Roads, Spaces Age, 1920 Technology, 1920S Routefind, World Maps, Gps, Stones Age, Watches
Start at the top and scroll down this long 1866 "ribbon map" of the Mississippi River. It shows forts, settlements, cities, tributaries and plantations.