Silk Escape and Evasion Map (Japan)
This silk escape and evasion map was made in September 1943 by the Army Map Service of the U.S. army. The KG on the bottom right corner indicates that it was printed at Kaumagraph Company of New York City. It was created for the U.S. Army Air Force and features Japan. Silk maps were originally developed during World War II to help British soldiers escape enemy territory or POW camps, and continued to be produced after the War ended in both Great Britain and the U.S.
These silk maps were developed for MI9 by Charles Clayton Hutton to help British troops find their way back to their regiments if their planes were shot down in hostile territory or if they were captured in POW camps. Hutton had to find a material that was water-resistant, crease-resistant, and could be easily hidden and noiselessly manipulated. After extensive testing, Hutton found the perfect material: silk. Printed on silk, Hutton’s maps could be folded and hidden in boot heels, jacket linings, or even-most ingeniously-Monopoly game boards, and go completely undetected.
This map features Osaka on one side and Tokyo on the other. The tightly woven silk allows for clear prints, and two easily read sides.
Material: Printed Silk
Inventory number: TX4644L