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September 30, 2013

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Time to kick-off another working week, and that usually means one thing, here on Visual Loop: a look back at interesting, beautiful and inspiring examples of vintage visualizations, such as maps, diagrams, charts and infographics.

But our first pick of this round-up is actually neither of the above. And, as you can read on Frank Jacobs Strangee Maps’ blog post, we can’t even say for sure if it is ‘the real thing’. I mean, a map carved in stone that is anywhere from half a million to one million years old??

Read the post and make your own conclusions. And here’s the full list of today’s Vintage InfoDesign:


World Map in stone

World Map in stone


After the Mercury (1961) | Space World

(image: Space World)


United Italy (1947) | Edison Electric Institute

(image: Edison Electric Institute)


South America (1953) | Herbert Bayer

(image: Herbert Bayer)


British Isles (1907) | J. G. Bartholomew

(image: J. G. Bartholomew)


New World (1565) | Tomaso Porcacchi

(image: Tomaso Porcacchi)


New Car Seeks to Boost Segrave’s Time (1930) | Modern Mechanix

(image: Modern Mechanix)


Map of Luxembourg (1734) | Matthaeus Seutter

(image: Matthaeus Seutter)


New Orleans (1817) | Wlliam Rollinson

(image: William Rollinson)


Seattle Fire Department poster (1898) | Fire Department

(image: Fire Department)


Map of Ecuador (1858) | Manuel Villavicencio

(image: Manuel Villavicencio)


The Attack of Manilla (1762)

(image: The Attack of Manilla (1762))


Trolley Wayfinder Birds Eye View of Trolly Routes (1908) | New England Street Railway Club

(image: New England Street Railway Club)


Radar (1945) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)


London (1729) | Johannes De Ram, Pierre Vander Aa

(image: Johannes De Ram, Pierre Vander Aa)


We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams. Meanwhile, you might want to visit our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these examples.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.