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Vintage Infodesign [34]

Inspiring examples of the ancient art of data visualization

August 26, 2013

To hear about a detailed map of the New World dated back to 1504 is enough to get any cartography aficionado paying attention. But when that map is in fact a globe, and engraved on an ostrich egg (!), you’d probably triple-check to see if you actually got it right the first time.

As reported by Meeri Kim for The Washington Post, “the globe, about the size of a grapefruit, is labeled in Latin and includes what were considered exotic territories such as Japan, Brazil and Arabia.” It was found by Stefaan Missinne, an Austrian collector who published a comprehensive analysis of the globe on the journal of the Washington Map Society.

We open today’s Vintage InfoDesign with a snapshot of this amazing artifact, and in the Post’s website you’ll find a slideshow with high resolution pictures.

New World Globe (1504)

Vintage Oldest globe with New World discovered
(image: New World Globe (1504))

(Via)

A Hydrographical and Chorographical Chart of the Philippine Islands (1734) | Pedro Murillo Velarde

Vintage Infographic A Hydrographical and Chorographical Chart of the Philippine Islands (1734)
(image: Pedro Murillo Velarde)

(Via World Digital Library)

Hampshire (1947) | Ernest Clegg

Vintage Infographic Hampshire (1947)
(image: Ernest Clegg)

(Via Rare Maps)

Map of New York City’s Central Park (1860) | Frederick Law Olmsted

Vintage Infographic Map of New York City’s Central Park (1860)
(image: Frederick Law Olmsted)

(Via Big Map Blog)

The National Political Chart (1861) | H.H. Lloyd

Vintage Infographic The National Political Chart (1861)
(image: H.H. Lloyd)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Connections With Main Line Termini (1947) | Henry C. Beck

Vintage Infographic Connections With Main Line Termini (1947)
(image: Henry C. Beck)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Martin Ocean Transport (1936) | Fortune Magazine

Vintage Infographic Martin Ocean Transport (1936)
(image: Fortune Magazine)

(Via Full Table)

Map South America (1558) | Diogo Homem

Vintage Infographic Map South America (1558)
(image: Diogo Homem)

(Via Wikimedia)

Skyrocketing to Mars (1928) | Modern Mechanix

Vintage Infographic Skyrocketing to Mars (1928)
(image: Modern Mechanix)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

SS Camberra (1960) | Laurence Dunn

Vintage Infographic SS Camberra (1960)
(image: Laurence Dunn)

(Via SS Camberra)

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.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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