Vintage Infodesign [34]

Inspiring examples of the ancient art of data visualization

August 26, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News

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.

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