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Old atlases of the Moon, vintage views of US National Parks, and more

August 11, 2014

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Yesterday, stargazers, amateur astronomers – and pretty much everyone else – enjoyed the closest, brightest supermoon of this year. Astronomers know them as perigean new moons or perigean full moons, that is, new or full moons closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit.The name supermoon was coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, over 30 years ago, and became quite popular, ending up being the accepted term for most people in the past few years.

On Twitter, the hashtag #supermoon2014 was trending as people shared their images, so, although a bit late to the party, we decided to include in this post a couple of vintage atlases of the Moon, thanks to Joe Hanson‘s amazing It’s Okay To Be Smart – we actually mentioned this one in the latest Data Viz News round up.

We also bring you a set of U.S. Geological Survey relief maps, published circa 1914 by the Department of the Interior, courtesy of Slates’s history blog, The Vault. These maps offer “panoramic views” of several of the young national parks, illustrating the natural and human-made attractions in each one. Another great find by Rebecca Onion, the person behind this blog that we so often quote in this space.

But before all that, to open the week, an irresistible reminder of how things have changed, in terms of map portability :)

Moving an enormous map (1917) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

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Map of the Moon (1645) | Michel van Langren

(image: Michel van Langren)

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Map of the Moon (1879) | Henry White Warren

(image: Henry White Warren)

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Mt Rainier National Park (1914) | U.S. Department of the Interior

(image: U.S. Department of the Interior)

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Crater Lake National Park (1914) | U.S. Department of the Interior

(image: U.S. Department of the Interior)

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Rocky Mountain National Park (1914) | U.S. Department of the Interior

(image: U.S. Department of the Interior)

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The colonial empire of France (1931) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Humorous atlas of Europe and Asia (1904) | Kisaburō Ohara

(image: Kisaburō Ohara)

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Arm’s muscles (1608) | Jehan Cousin

(image: Jehan Cousin)

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Germany concentration camps (1944) | US Office of Strategic Services

(image: US Office of Strategic Services)

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Winchester .22 Model 52 Rifle Trigger Mechanism Cutaway (1951) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

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Recreational map of New Mexico: The land of enchantment (1946) | New Mexico State Tourist Bureau

(image: New Mexico State Tourist Bureau)

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Europe in the sunset (1939) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Bird’s-eye view of Nara (1868) | K. Kawakami

(image: K. Kawakami)

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Tableau Synoptique De La Sphericite De La Terre (1860) | F.A Garnier

(image: F.A Garnier)

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Map of Illinois Central Railroad (1892) | Rand McNally

(image: Rand McNally)

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Map of Persia and Adjacent Countries (1815) | Aaron Arrowsmith

(image: Aaron Arrowsmith)

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Yacht racing boats (1899) | The San Francisco call

(image: The San Francisco call)

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The Eight Years of the War of the American Revolution (1871) | John Warner Barber

(image: John Warner Barber)

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Mileage chart of the US (1927) | Rand McNally and Company

(image: Rand McNally and Company)

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Agriculture in Cuba (1949) | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

(image: Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz)

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First Edition of The Miami Metropolis (1896) | The Miami Metropolis

(image: The Miami Metropolis)

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Aviation Losses (1912) | The Illustrated London News

(image: The Illustrated London News)

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That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.

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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