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Vintage Infodesign [51]

Back to our regular round-ups of old maps, charts and graphics

January 6, 2014

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It’s great to be back to our weekly compilations of vintage maps, charts and other types of visualizations, created before the 1960s. In fact, today makes exactly one year since Vintage InfoDesign [1], and it has been a fantastic ride, so far.

So, thanks for joining us here every Monday, and let’s start with our regular ‘vintage tip’, this time about a website that perhaps many of you aren’t familiarized with. The Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States is a project of University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, released in December.

This digital edition of Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States reproduces all of the atlas’s nearly 700 maps. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced “in ways impossible in print, animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data—remarkable maps produced eight decades ago with the functionality of the twenty-first century.”.

Worth checking out! And here are the first ‘vintage picks’ of 2014:

Soviet calendar (1930)

(image: Soviet calendar (1930))


Measuring Big Things in Terms of Units of Trinity Churches (1903) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American (1903))


World map (1589) | Gerard en Cornelis de Jode

(image: Gerard en Cornelis de Jode)


Map of the Colony of Berbice (1802) | Friedrich von Bouchenroeder

(image: Friedrich von Bouchenroeder)


The proposed site for a World’s Fair (1879) | Walter Stranders

(image: Walter Stranders)


Decline of the city (1943) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)


Patent for steam velocipede (1789) | Michaux-Perreaux

(image: Michaux-Perreaux)


Saint Petersburg (c.1720) | Johann Baptist Homann

(image: Johann Baptist Homann)


Four Tax Plans (1944) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)


Carte der Grafschaft Schaumburg (1789) | Johann J. Müller

(image: Johann J. Müller)


Tornadoes (1765) | Gottlob Burchard Genzmer

(image: Gottlob Burchard Genzmer)


Money Making Toys For Christmas (1934) | Science And Mechanics

(image: Science And Mechanics)



Time to close this first trip into data viz history of the year. Again, it’s great to have you here, and see you next Monday!

Written by Tiago Veloso

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