By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 8, 2024) – Today we welcome in the New Year of Fun with Maps with 2024’s First Edition of FwM from our great friend and reliable contributor of entertaining fun maps & stories Steve Kovacs.


Today is the 700th anniversary of the death of Marco Polo (died at age 70), the Venetian explorer known for his travels to China in the 13th century.

His nickname is literally “Millions” because of all the amazing discoveries he made during his travels.

The Polos were merchants who traded in silk, gems and spices. 

The 17-year-old Marco gets all the credit, due to his autobiography of his travels, but he spent 20 years in the company of his father and uncle crisscrossing Asia. In fact, the older Polos were the ones who originally forged a friendship with the Mongol emperor, Kublai Kahn.

Marco Polo is erringly credited with introducing pasta to Europe, but he did introduce several important Eastern innovations – paper money, coal, eyeglasses, and the beginnings of a postal system.

The Polos were prominent Venetians; hence we present here views of Venice by Seutter from 1730.

Views of Venice by Seutter – Circa 1730 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.