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Vegetable Tannins &
Russian front

by Marion Frieswyk
Global & Russia
1950 & 1942

Important cartographies were designed while Frieswyk was working in the CIA Cartography Centre. Taking for example the cartography The Russian front in review. During World War II cartographers pioneered many map production and thematic design techniques. It was key to the US war-planning strategy.

But they were also used for the post-war reconstruction, turmoil in the Middle East and communist expansion. The cartography International Trade: Vegetable Tannins is a representation of production capabilities for that time. Daily analyses were prepared for the President and other selected senior US officials.


As an OSS cartographer, Marion Frieswyk and her colleagues developed a unique system of map production and evolved it rapidly to improve map quality and production efficiency. During World War II, Marion produced customized maps and 3D topographic models. It was painstaking work, supporting both strategic studies and military operational plans for the US and its allies. Marion later displayed a true commitment to her craft during some turbulent times. After OSS dissolved in 1945, she remained as part of the core group of cartographers who stayed with the unit. Ultimately, she would work in CIA’s Cartography Division until 1958. Marion recognized early on that geography is deeply relevant to intelligence work, enhancing the Agency’s ability to visualize and tell stories that resonate with those we serve. Her passion and spirit represent timeless qualities that define the Cartography Center to this day.

Last Updated:
21th of June, 2023

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