More Springfield, USA
An update to my post about yesterday's 20th Anniversary of the Simpsons.
Cartofan Dan sent me two screen captures that depict a rare map of Springfield on the show. Both are on the wall at Chief Wiggums' Police Department Headquarters:
I had challenged Dan to find some screenshots for me, and he delivered. From Dan:
I did a quick search and found a couple screenshots that show the map shown in the police station in the show (found on the great Simpsons fan website lardlad.com), and also included a map of ancient Constantinople, though these are considerably easier to find and I'm sure you've seen much better.
As for the Springfield- Constantinople connection, Springfield is shown with the very distinct shape of Constantinople's walls and Golden Horn shoreline, and the red line on the Springfield map that seems to be a highway corresponds nicely to the Mese! The Simpsons has always shown a pleasant awareness of history, and I do know many of its writers studied history in their college careers, so this may have been deliberate. If not, it's a nice coincidence.