Vintage Infodesign [13]

Nat Geo's old charts and graphics, and more

April 1, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News

A few weeks after launching his blog, Nat Geo’s infographic wizard Juan Velasco published a set of examples of old data visualizations, from the magazine’s archives. They show how graphics and maps were present since the first issue, in 1888, and most importantly, like Velasco says, “‚Äúdata visualization‚ÄĚ in the early days had something that is so often lacking today: clear, simple, intelligible storytelling.”

We included some of the charts in today’s Vintage Infodesign, alongside with other visual antiques:

 

Immigration in the U.S. (1905) | National Geographic

Vintage Infographic Immigration in the U.S. (1905)

(image: National Geographic)

(Via Juan Velasco)

Barometer diagram (1888) | National Geographic

Vintage Infographic Barometer diagram (1888)

(image:National Geographic)

(Via Juan Velasco)

U.S. Population (1893) | National Geographic

 

Vintage Infographic U.S. Population (1893)

(image:National Geographic)

(Via Juan Velasco)

Perseus and Caput Medusæ (1825) | Sidney Hall

Vintage Infographic Perseus and Caput Medusæ (1825)

(image: Sidney Hall)

(Via Trialsanderrors on Flickr)

Mountains and Rivers (1836) | Andriveau Goujon

Vintage Infographic

(image: Andriveau Goujon)

(Via Wikimedia)

The Red Pelicans (1964) | L. Ashwell Wood

Vintage Infographic The Red Pelicans (1964)

(image: L. Ashwell Wood)

(Via Paul Malon on Flickr)

Vinous, Lactic and Butyric fermentations (1854) | Edward L. Youmans

Vintage Infographic Vinous, Lactic and Butyric fermentations (1854)

(image: Edward L. Youmans)

(Via Brain Pickings)

Statua Danielis Prophetæ (1585) | Lorenz Faust

Vintage Infographic Statua Danielis Prophetæ (1585)

(image:Lorenz Faust)

(Via BibliOdissey)

A plan of the Siege of Savannah (1779) | John Wilson

Vintage Infographic A plan of the Siege of Savannah (1779)

(image:John Wilson)

(Via Heritage Charts)

What makes a truck engine run? (1950) | George Zaffo

Vintage Infographic How does a truck engine work (1950)

(image: George Zaffo)

(Via Telstar Logistics)

The Eagle Map of the US (1833) | Joseph & James Churchman

Vintage Infographic The Eagle Map of the US (1833)

(image:Joseph & James Churchman)

(Via Rare Maps)

Know Your War Planes (1952) | Mechanix Illustrated

Vintage Infographic Know Your War Planes (1952)

(image:Mechanix Illustrated)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Phrenological Chart of the Head of the Country (1785) | William Bengough

Vintage Infographic Phrenological Chart of the Head of the Country (1785)

(image:William Bengough)

(Via The Canadian Encyclopedia)

 

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

 

Singer 15c75 Manual (1946) | Singer

Preparando para tecidos diferentes

(Image: Singer 15c75 Manual)

Singer 15c75 Manual (1946) | Singer

Limpeza e lubrificação

(Image: Singer 15c75 Manual)

Europe Raw Cotton Imports (1866) | Charles Joseph Minard

Vintage Infographic Europe Raw Cotton Imports (1866)

(image:Charles Joseph Minard)

(Via Sci Maps)

Bone fractures (c1900) | Franz Bilz

Vintage Infographic Bone fractures (c1900)

(image:Franz Bilz)

(Via pilllpat on Flickr)

Frontier between Alentejo and Spanish Estremadura (1644) | Jo√£o Teixeira Abernaz

Vintage Infographic Frontier between Alentejo and Spanish Estremadura (1644)

(image:Jo√£o Teixeira Abernaz)

(Via Library of Portugal)

How to use a dial telephone (1951)

Vintage Infographic How to use a dial telephone (1951)

(image:Retronaut)

(Via Retronaut)

Artis Magnae Artilleriae : Pars Prima (1650) | Kazimierz Siemienowicz

Vintage Infographic Artis Magnae Artilleriae  Pars Prima (1650)

(image: Kazimierz Siemienowicz)

(Via BibliOdissey)

Age distribution (1930) | Svea Rike

Vintage Infographic Age distribution (1930)

(image: Svea Rike)

(Via Prof. Michael Stoll on Flickr)

Nouveau Plan des Environs de Paris (1755) | Esnauts & Rapilly

Vintage Infographic Nouveau Plan des Environs de Paris (1755)

(image: Esnauts & Rapilly)

(Via Wikimedia)]

Rain Chart of the U.S. (1755) | Francis A. Walker

Vintage Infographic Rain Chart of the U.S. (1755)

(image: Francis A. Walker)

(Via Radical Cartography)

Panama Canal (1903) | The Guardian

Vintage Infographic  Panama Canal (1903)

(image: The Guardian)

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

Food Value of Fresh Cod (1920)

Vintage Infographic Food Value of Fresh Cod (1920)

(image: via Eric Fischer)

(Via Eric Fischer on Flickr)

 

Next Monday, we’ll be back with another selection of vintage visualizations. So, if you come across some old map, chart or graph, send it to us and we’ll be sure to add it to our weekly round-up.

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