Vintage Infodesign [11]

Impressive diagrams, maps and charts from before 1970.

March 18, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News

If you follow Alberto Cairo‘s updates on his blog or on Twitter, you’ve probably familiar with John Snow’s cholera map, dated from 1854. Cairo has no problem electing this as one of the most important data visualizations ever, and you’ll see that mentioned on his book, The Functional Art.

Recently, Simon Rogers, editor of the Guardian Data Blog, wrote an interesting piece about this map, including a modern interactive version, created with CartoDB. You can check out the full post here, and we’ve included John Snow’s original map on today’s Vintage InfoDesign:

 

London’s cholera map (1854) | John Snow

Vintage Infographic John Snow's cholera map of Soho

(image:John Snow,1854 )

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

Ancient Map of Brussels (1657)

Vintage Infographic Ancient Map of Brussels (1657)

(image:Ancient Map of Brussels, 1657)

(Via Vidiani)

Voyage au Rayaume de Galanterie (1652) | Delphine Denis

Vintage Infographic Voyage au Rayaume de Galanterie (1652)

(image:Delphine Denis,1652)

(Via Erudit)

A Glossary of Television Terms (1964) | John Alcorn

Vintage Infographic A Glossary of Television Terms (1964)

(image:John Alcorn, 1964)

(Via So Much Pileup)

The Moral Map of the United States (1854)

Vintage Infographic The Moral Map of the United States (1854)

(image:Ptak Science Books,1854)

(Via Ptak Science Books)

Making A Power Loom (1936) | Mechanics And Handicraft

Vintage Infographic Making A Power Loom (1936)

(image:Mechanics And Handicraft, 1936)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

“Octant” world map (1514) | Leonardo da Vinci

Vintage Infographic Octant world map (1514)

(image: Leonardo da Vinci, 1514)

(Via Sci Maps)

The Netherlands as a Lion (1611) | Jodocus Hondius

Vintage Infographic The Netherlands as a Lion (1611)

(image: Jodocus Hondius, 1611)

(Via Blue Monocle)

The Kiss of the Oceans (1915) | C. A. Hollands

Vintage Infographic The Kiss of the Oceans (1915)

(image:C. A. Hollands, 1915)

(Via Retronaut)

Chart of the Lower Mississippi River (1858) | A. Persac

Vintage Infographic Chart of the Lower Mississippi River (1858)

(image: A. Persac, 1858)

(Via David Rumnsey Map collection)

Map of Telegraphy, Europe and North America (1858) | Charles Magnus

Vintage Infographic Map of Telegraphy

(image:Charles Magnus,1858)

(Via Big Map Blog)

 

And in case you missed last week’s featured works:

 

The cochlear portion of the inner ear (1963) | Bell Telephone Laboratories

The cochlear portion of the inner ear (1963), infographic by Bell Telephone Laboratories

(image: Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1963 )

(Via Brain Pickings)

Man’s Anatomy (1942) | Myron D. Jacoby

Man's Anatomy (1942), infographic by Myron D. Jacoby

(image:Myron D. Jacoby, 1942 )

(Animated gif by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings)

Woman’s anatomy (1942) | Myron D. Jacoby

Woman's anatomy (1942), infographic by Myron D. Jacoby

(image:Myron D. Jacoby, 1942 )

(Animated gif by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings)

World Map (1652) | Nicolas Visscherc

 World Map (1652) , infographic by Nicolas Visscherc

(image:Nicolas Visscherc, 1652 )

(Via Teletoples Blog)

Origins of Slang (1967)

Origins of Slang (1967), infographic by Origins of Slang

(image:Origins of Slang ,1967)

(Via Wired)

Communication Chart (1907) | Marconi

Communication Chart (1907), infographic by Marconi

(image:Marconi, 1907)

(Via Ptak Science Books)

The solar system and the theory of the seasons (1854) | Sidney Hall and William Hughes

The solar system and the theory of the seasons (1854) , infographic by  Sidney Hall and William Hughes

(image: Sidney Hall and William Hughes, 1854 )

(Via Retronaut)

Clover-leaf world map (1588) | Henrich BĂĽnting

Clover-leaf world map (1588) , infographic by Henrich BĂĽnting

(image:Henrich BĂĽnting, 1588 )

(Via SciMaps)

Der Bodensee (1970) | Erich Hofmann

Der Bodensee (1970), infographic by Erich Hofmann

(image: Erich Hofmann, 1970)

(Via Michael Stoll on Flickr)

Master plan of development of the USSR’s agricultural sector (c1960)

Master plan of development of the USSR’s agricultural sector (c1960), infographic by Master plan of development of the USSR’s agricultural sector (c1960)

(image: Robin Richars, c1960)

(Via Robin Richars)

The Astronomy of the Great Flood (1925) | The Illustrated London News

The Astronomy of the Great Flood (1925), infographic by The Illustrated London News

(image:The Illustrated London News, 1925 )

(Via Ptak Science Books)

We’ll be back next week with another selection of vintage visualizations. Until then, keep following our daily updates here on Visual Loop, and if you came across some old map, chart of graph, send it to us and we’ll be sure to add it to our weekly selection.

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