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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

How did people in the old days travel without smartphones?

How did you know where to go and how to get there without looking at a map?

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  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You have never seen a map on paper?  Maps were made on paper and parchment, scratched on rocks and tree trunks long before smartphones and GPS were invented.

    You have never seen signs along the roads, like Toronto 50 km, or King Street and an arrow pointing to the off-ramp, or any street sign?You have never read or been told: "Turn right at that tree. Cross the wooden bridge over the creek.  Climb the hill and you'll see the place below."?

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  • 2 months ago

    The "old days" would be what? 25 years ago? A thousand years ago?

    A thousand years ago, you set out on a quest or journey and asked people along the way which way to go. There may have been a picture drawn in the dirt or on a scrap of leather or cloth. Like "X" marks the spot beyond the blue mountain and before you get to the stream with the crocodiles, with pictures.

    Maps were hand-painted by explorers and were quite costly, and there as usually just the one. Some are fascinating, as they thought the world was flat, or that China was next to Africa.

    The Americas were found by explorers looking for a route to China and India, thus "Indians," who already lived there.

    Then, in 1440, when the printing press was invented, maps were made that could be reprinted and distributed. Bibles were the most popular thing to be printed. 

    Then, once automobiles were invented, about 100 years ago, most had a glove box (for gloves) and had a map or two, which were folded up and stored in the glove box. When a family wanted to go to grandmas, they didn't have to look at a map, they knew to turn left at the old tree and right at the second fruit stand. 

    If a businessman was traveling around and didn't know his way, he would stop at the local gas station and buy any number of maps and ask for local information, too. Like a detour or bad road to avoid.

    Source(s): I grew up in the 50s and had dozens of maps. We went to Oregon from Oklahoma once and to the lake all the time. Never got lost.
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  • 2 months ago

    A good question.

    Well, in those days they used their brains and were not

    constantly staring at a screen or anxious for the next

    communication. Maps were good and we learnt the place

    names on the way to our destinations.

    Life was very good in the old days!

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You crapped your pants because you didn't know where you going...oh well!

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  • 2 months ago

    Maps were kept in the car. They were made of PAPER. They unfolded and you could tell exactly where you were by looking right at them. 

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  • 2 months ago

    People actually LOOKED at maps.  We always kept a good A to Z or gazetteer of the country in the glove compartment. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Every glove box had maps. If lost, pull over and ask someone or use a pay phone to call.

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  • 2 months ago

    They set out west without a care. Before roads were paved. Followed cattle trails.

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  • 2 months ago

    Maps....................

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Well, they traveled with the help of automobiles.

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