Vintage Infodesign [2]

More fantastic examples of how information was visualized 'in the old days'

January 14, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News

Last week, we presented here a new weekly series of posts with examples of vintage information designs, including, charts, diagrams, maps and other visual goodies from decades – and centuries – ago. Although many were created around scientific subjects, you’ll see that the use of visual information was much more spread that you might imagine.

Here’s today’s selection:

 

The Solar System (1913)

Vintage infographic Das Sonnensystem

(image: Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas)

(Via prof. Michael Stoll’s Flickr)

Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge (1935)

Vintage infographic  Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge

(image: Science and Mechanics, 1935)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Sarajevo before World War I (1905)

Vintage infographic Sarajevo before World War I

1905 Baedekers tourist’s map of the city of Serajevo

(Via First World War)

San Francisco Historical Creek Map (1890s)

Vintage infographic  San Francisco Historical Creek Map

San Francisco Historical Creek Map

(Via Oakland Museum of California)

Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica (1661)

Vintage infographic  Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica

(image: Andreas Cellarius, 1661)

(Via Wikimedia)

Occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia (1900)

Vintage infographic Occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia

(image: Prof. W.E.B. Du Bois and students, 1900)

(Via All my eyes)

Pendulum measuring (1718)

Vintage infographic  Pendulum measuring

(image: Johann Leonhard Rost,1718)

(Via BibliOdissey)

Be on guard (1921)

Vintage infographic  Be on guard!

(image: Dimitri Moor, 1921)

(Via Daily Mail)

And last week’s selection:

A Map of Physics (1939)

A 1939 Map of Physics

(A 1939 Map of Physics)

(Via Strange Maps)

China as the centre of the world (1602)

Ancient map showing China as centre of world goes on display

(Created created in 1602 by Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci)

(Via the Daily Mail)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes (1931)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes, published on Science and Mechanics magazine, 1935

(Via Modern Mechanix)

A Chronological Chart of the Visions of Daniel and John (1842)

Vintage infographic A Chronological Chart of the Visions of Daniel and John

Printed by Joshua Himes in 1842

(Seen on Visual Complexity)

Munster’s Map of the World (1544)

Munster's Map of the World

Originally published in Münster’s edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia and in Münster’s masterwork, Cosmographia in 1544.

(Via Florida History)

The World’s tallest buildings (1884)

Diagram of the Principal High Buildings of the Old World

Published by George F. Cram in Cram’s Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World, Chicago IL. Lithograph color print.

(Via Retronaut)

The wonders within your head (1938)

Vintage infographic  The wonders within your head

Look magazine, 1938

(Via Paul Carrington’s Flickr)

Inside the Earth (1863)

Vintage infographic   Coupe idéale de l'écorce solide du globe terrestre

Earth cutaway (1863)

(Via El Biblionata on Flickr.)

How whiskey is distilled (1942)

Vintage infographic  How whiskey is distilled (1942)

Hiram Walker’s whiskey distillery, from Forbes magazine (1942)

(Via Infographics Showcase)

London Underground tube map (1910)

London Underground tube map

London Underground tube map, 1910

(Found on Mike Yashworth’s Flickr)

 

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