Cartography is the process of making maps. For my purposes it includes
the instruments of navigation, map projections, mapping themes, and so
on. As time goes on I will try to cover all of these areas.
The Carto-PhilatelistSociety, affiliated
with the American Topical Association and the American
Philatelic Society, uses a simplified system for grading maps on
stamps based on the one developed by Mark D. Larkin.
A = a good map
AR = a reproduction of an
old map or chart
O = all other maps
OC= map makers and
The Society has also released a check list of
maps on stamps. It contains over 15,000 entries based on the
original ATA Handbook #104 published in 1982; and updates for 1982
through March 2003. Annual updates are planned. For more information
on the Carto-Philatelist Society click on the Society's
link in "Resources."