By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 22, 2022) – In Issue 2022-169 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the birth of a magazine which opened a window to distant lands for everyone to see.


The first issue of National Geographic (Magazine), or Nat Geo, was issued on September 22, 1888.  It is published by the National Geographic Society.

At first, it was a scholarly publication with the first issue reaching 165 members of the Society.  Now, it reaches closer to 40 million people monthly.

The magazine covers geography, social elements, flora and fauna to name a few.  It allows a peek into far away places, and sometimes our neighborhoods, and how people live there.   Who hasn’t been interested in some of the articles, enhanced with many pictures and often maps as well.

Since the magazine is global in coverage and reach, here is a world map, the first by a British cartographer, from 1626.  He is John Speed.

World map – 1626 (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.