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Vintage Infodesign [56]

Looking back at the history of information design

February 10, 2014

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All set for another week, and here on Visual Loop that means a dive into data visualization history, with examples of old maps, charts and infographics. The opening picks for today’s post were actually mentioned in the latest Data Viz News round up, referring to the new season of the British Library, untitled Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight (HT to Andy Kirk, who’ll be playing a role in this event).

Among the events scheduled to take place between February, 20th, and May, 26th, there’s an exhibition with fantastic examples of vintage visualization – from John Snow’s plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map, already featured in this space, to Luke Howard’s Barometrographica and William Farr’s Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49.

We open this edition of Vintage InfoDesign precisely with these two. Hope you enjoy!

Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49 (1852) | William Farr

The Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49, 1852, by William Farr, , one of the charts that will be seen at the British Library
(image: William Farr)

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Barometrographica (1847) | Luke Howard

(image: Luke Howard)

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Segregation’s Citadel Unbreached in 4 Years (1958) | Washington Post

(image: The Washington Post)

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Wien map (1905) | Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig

(image: Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig)

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Bucharest map (1900)

(image: Bucharest map (1900))

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Diving Suit (1880) | Stephen Tasker

(image: Stephen Tasker)

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Theoriatrium Superiorum Planetarum (1708) | Andreas Cellarius

(image: Andreas Cellarius)

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Diagram of Meteorology (1846) | John Phillips Emslie

(image: John Phillips Emslie)

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Asia (c1650 ) | Jodocus Hondius

(image: Jodocus Hondius)

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The American Communist Party as a railroad (1940) | Al Hirschgeld

(image: Al Hirschgeld)

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Russia (c1619) | Gerard Mercator

(image: Gerard Mercator)

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American Foundation for the Blind’ progression (1928) | American Foundation for the Blind

(image: American Foundation for the Blind)

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If Germany should win the war (1940) | Irving Geis

(image: Irving Geis)

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Nuclear priority targets (1945) | J.R. Hagan

(image: J.R. Hagan)

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Last Stand on Luzon (1943) | U.S. Army Signal Corps

(image: U.S. Army Signal Corps)

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The Earth’s Annual Revolution round the Sun (c1860) | John Phillips Emslie

(image: John Phillips Emslie)

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Iron Ore of the US (1941) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Extent and Location of the Governments of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (1789)

(image: Extent and Location of the Governments of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (1789))

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Time to close today’s round-up! We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these visual goodies.

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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