This breakfast tray decorated with a map of the imaginary ‘Breakfast Island’ is an insight into the work, sleep and leisure activities of early 1950s Britain. The island is the unusually-shaped landmass positioned in the middle of the map, and is populated by place names referencing the traditional foods eaten in Britain for breakfast, such as ‘Cereal County’.Surrounding Breakfast Island are the lands the user must travel across, from the land of sleep, via breakfast and on to work (in the top right) or leisure (to the top left).
- Full title:
- The one and only original map of Breakfast Island indicating life and taste in Britain at the beginning of the 2nd Elizabethan reign
- 1953, London
- Cyril Phillips (cartographer)
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- British Library
- Maps 188.v.40.
- Article by:
- Tom Harper
- War, Movement, Popular culture
The British Library’s map curator, Tom Harper discusses the existence of fantasy maps created in the 20th century, containing a mixture of real-life and imaginary influences.