Vintage Infodesign [65]

Ancient tree diagrams and other vintage visual gems

April 14, 2014

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If you read the latest issue of Data Viz News, you’ve noticed that we mention several reviews to Manuel Lima‘s new book, The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge. You can check them out in places like Wired, NewScientist, Hyperallergic, Slate and Cool Hunting, just to name a few.

Already mentioned here in this space, the book features two hundred tree diagram illustrations on a variety of subjects, including some of the earliest known examples – something that comes as no surprise, if you had the chance to see Manuel’s first book, Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information, and if you follow his updates in his blog.

We open our post with some of those ancient diagrams, followed by the usual round up of vintage maps, graphics and charts.

Genealogy of the Lee family of Virginia and Maryland (1886) | Hattie Mann Marshall

(image: Hattie Mann Marshall)


Tree of Consanguinity (ca. 1450-1510)

(image: Tree of Consanguinity (ca. 1450-1510))


Tree of Jesse (ca. 1480) | Jacobus de Varagine

(image: Jacobus de Varagine)


Tree of affinity (1478) | Johannes Andreae

(image: Johannes Andreae)


The Petroleum Tree (1957) | Socony-Vacuum Oil Company

(image: Socony-Vacuum Oil Company)


Gospel Temperance Map (1908) | G. E. Bula

(image: G. E. Bula)


The arsenal of the U.S. Bomber (1941) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)


Goettingen fortifications plan (1730) | Matthäus Seutter

(image: Matthäus Seutter)


Emigrant’s Map and Guide for Routes to North America (c1853) | Gotthelf Zimmermann

(image: Gotthelf Zimmermann)


Map of the U.S. Gulf Coast (1786) | Andres Clemes

(image: Andres Clemes)


The land of P.G.& E. (1939) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)


Map of the Greenwich Village section of New York City (1961) | Lawrence Fahey

(image: Lawrence Fahey)


X-Ray of Hitler’s brain (1942) | B.F. Long

(image: B.F. Long)


Florence (c1550) | Sebastian Munster

(image: Sebastian Munster)


How a Hurricane Gathers Fury (1926) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)



That’s it for today’s Vintage InfoDesign! We’ll be back next week with another selection, 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.