Trans-Lignum: Treuhand-Gesellschaft für Holz im Transit, published in Basel, Switzerland in 1954 by the editors of The International Transport Journal, Rittmann & Bauer Ltd, and designed by Kummerly & Frey Bern, is a color map of the world at a pivotal moment in the post-colonial history of the 20th century. This map, marked by its mid-20th-century color palette, serves as a record of geopolitical boundaries distinct from today's delineations.
The 1950s was a time of notable geopolitical transitions. The decolonization movements, particularly in Africa, were progressing, and this map provides a snapshot of that transitional phase. The designation of the UAE as "Piratenküste," which translates to "Pirate Coast," reveals historical naming conventions that preceded modern geographical terminologies.
Cambodia gained independence from France on November 9, 1953. On this map, it is still merged with nearby Vietnam as part of "Indochine".