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Old propaganda info-posters and much more

November 25, 2013

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In past Vintage InfoDesign posts, we’ve featured several infographics from Duke University Library‘s Russian Posters Digital Collection, that we saw at Robin Richard’s blog a couple of years ago. They were created for the 22nd Communist Party Congress, in October 1961, and depict in graphic way the economical power of the former USSR.

They are quite stunning, especially for the resemblance with modern info-posters – much better than most of them, actually. We revisited Duke University Library to see if we could find more examples of these propaganda infographics and illustrations, and found another great collection, the Facsimile Posters Series, 1920s-1930s, with which we open today’s post.

Anti-religious farm women (c.1919)

Vintage Infographic Anti-religious farm women (c.1919)


Fighting against illegal alcohol! (c.1919)

(image: Fighting against illegal alcohol! (c.1919))


Saviors of the world (c.1919)

(image: Saviors of the world (c.1919))


Achievement of Russia under communism (c.1919)

(image: Achievement of Russia under communism (c.1919))


View of Boston freight terminals (c1897) | George H. Walker

(image: George H. Walker)


Map of Cempoala (c1580)

(image: Map of Cempoala (c1580))


Diagrammatic guide to coinage (1550) | Julius Hyginus

(image: Julius Hyginus)


A new map of the country of Louisiana (1713) | Henri Joutel

(image: Henri Joutel)


Ferrari Daytona (1969) | “Quattroruote” magazine

(image: “Quattroruote” magazine )


Japanese Wood block World Map (1785) | Nagakubo Sekisui

(image: Nagakubo Sekisui)


The invasion of America (1942) | Life magazine

(image: Life magazine)


Topographical Chart of the Bay of Narraganset (1777) | Charles Blaskowitz, William Faden

(image: Charles Blaskowitz, William Faden)


Zoological geography (1856) | Alexander Keith Johnston

(image: Alexander Keith Johnston)


Illiteracy in the United States in 1930 (1945) | K B Smellie

(image: K B Smellie)


Map of St. Croix Island (1767) | I.M. Beck

(image: I.M. Beck)


Maps of Nicaragua, North and Central America (c1856) | John Haven

(image: John Haven)



Unfortunately, we’re done for today, but you might want to visit our Pinterest board, with dozens of old visual gems. And see you next week!

Written by Tiago Veloso

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