Vintage Infodesign [33]

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August 19, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News

One of the most popular forms of visual representation in the Internet is the tube map, familiar to most of us as the standard schematic subway map. You’ll find them being used for much more than that today, of course, but back in April, the folks at The Wall Breakers took a look at the changes over time in the New York City subway system, based on historical tube maps.

It’s impressive to see how much has changed in nearly 101 years, and we picked three of the maps featured in that post to open this Vintage InfoDesign.

 

New York City subway (1904) | Interborough Rapid Transit Company

Vintage Infographic New York City subway (1904)

(image: Interborough Rapid Transit Company)

(Via The Wall Breakers)

New York City subway (c. 1920) | Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation

Vintage Infographic New York City subway (c. 1920)

(image: Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation)

(Via The Wall Breakers)

New York City subway (c. 1948) | NYC Board of Transportation

Vintage Infographic New York City subway (c. 1948)

(image: NYC Board of Transportation)

(Via The Wall Breakers)

The Spaceman (c. 1920) | Popular Science

Vintage Infographic The Spaceman (c. 1920)

(image: Popular Science)

(Via Pop Sci)

Hollywood Subway (1925) | Kelker, De Leuw

Vintage Infographic Hollywood Subway (1925)

(image: Kelker, De Leuw)

(Via Metro)

Pedigree of Man (c. 1920) | Ernst Haeckel

Vintage Infographic Pedigree of Man (c. 1920)

(image: Ernst Haeckel)

(Via Ptak Science Books)

Manusyaloka, Map of the Human World (c. 1890)

Vintage Infographic Manusyaloka, Map of the Human World (c. 1890)

(image: World Digital Library)

(Via World Digital Library)

The World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago (1893) | Rand McNally

 

Vintage Infographic The World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago (1893)

(image: Rand McNally)

(Via Big Map Blog)

A score sheet for government spending projects (1940) | Fortune

Vintage Infographic A score sheet for government spending projects (1940)

(image: Fortune)

(Via Full Table)

Germaniae Aliorumque Quorundam Locorum Europae Poliometria (1760) | Conrad Tobias Lotter

Vintage Infographic Germaniae Aliorumque Quorundam Locorum Europae Poliometria (1760)

(image: Conrad Tobias Lotter)

(Via Rare Maps)

Rubber from the Sun (1932) | Modern Mechanix

Vintage Infographic Rubber from the Sun (1932)

(image: Modern Mechanix)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Made of Earth (1858) | Colton, J. H.; Norman, B.M.; Persac, A.

Vintage Infographic Made of Earth (1858)

(image: Colton, J. H.; Norman, B.M.; Persac, A.)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Chart of the Mississippi from the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico (1863) | George Virtue

Vintage Infographic Chart of the Mississippi from the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico (1863)

(image: George Virtue)

(Via Rare Maps)

Newspaper circulation (1883) | Henry Gannett

Vintage Infographic Newspaper circulation (1883)

(image: Henry Gannett)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this selection! We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams. Meanwhile, you might want to check our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of the examples featured here, every week.

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