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Vintage Infodesign [43]

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October 28, 2013

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To open up this week’s inspirational trip into data viz memory lane, we picked a recent post featured on Retronaut – another classy place to get your ‘vintage fix’ every once in a while.

This particular post is about the oldest surviving exemplar of the Latin translation of Aratus’s (c. 315-240 B. C.) “Phaenomena”. This Greek poet described the constellations and other celestial phenomena, and the illustrations present in this particular translation are simply amazing – ‘Word clouds’, anyone?

The first three images of today’s post are from that book, followed by the usual set with old charts, diagrams and graphics:

Constelations (c.1100)

Vintage Infographic Constelations (c.1100)
(image: Constelations (c.1100))
Vintage Infographic Constelations (c.1100)
(image: Constelations (c.1100))
Vintage Infographic Constelations (c.1100)
(image: Constelations (c.1100))

(Via)

World Map (1511) | Bernard Sylvanus

Vintage Infographic World Map (1511)
(image: Bernard Sylvanus)

(Via)

Map of California roads for cyclers (1896) | George W. Blum

Vintage Infographic Map of California roads for cyclers (1896)
(image: George W. Blum)

(Via)

Human body in plan, elevation and cross-section (1560) | Jean Cousin the Younger

Vintage Infographic Human body in plan, elevation and cross-section (1560)
(image: Jean Cousin the Younger)

(Via)

The Pony Express Route (1860) | William Henery Jackson

Vintage Infographic The Pony Express Route (1860)
(image: William Henery Jackson)

(Via)

Bombs Away! (1952) | Science And Mechanics

Vintage Infographic Bombs Away! (1952)
(image: Science And Mechanics)

(Via)

The longest rivers (1852) | Barbie du Bocage, J.G.; Dufour, H.

Vintage Infographic The longest rivers (1852)
(image: Barbie du Bocage, J.G.; Dufour, H.)

(Via)

The American People (1957) | Rudolf Modley

Vintage Infographic The American People (1957)
(image: Rudolf Modley)

(Via)

The Temple of Solomon (1584) | Christian van Adrichom

Vintage Infographic The Temple of Solomon (1584)
(image: Christian van Adrichom)

(Via)

Map of Tokyo Bay (1852) | Author unknown

Vintage Infographic Map of Tokyo Bay (1852)
(image: Author unknown)

(Via)

Arbor dividui et individuib (1538) | Martin Sanchez

Vintage Infographic Arbor dividui et individuib (1538)
(image: Martin Sanchez)

(Via)

Military Portraits (1861) | Hall, E.S.; Lloyd, H.H.; Waters & Son

Vintage Infographic Military Portraits (1861)
(image: Hall, E.S.; Lloyd, H.H.; Waters & Son)

(Via)

We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams. Meanwhile, you might want to visit our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these examples.

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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