When looking at some of the amazing cartographic work of the 20th century, the efforts of the U.S.G.S. are too commonly dismissed as "dry", "technical" or "unengaging". In this quick offering of items we'd like to spotlight great work by the U.S.G.S. that is not just rich with data, but was at the frontier of a style that was visually captivating. Numerous geographers at U.S.G.S. had been working in a color shaded relief approaches that accentuated natural color schemes to show landform, and the results, at times, were absolute masterpieces.