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To start the week with a dash of the ancient craft of visualization

January 13, 2014

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Among the many visual ‘gems’ we bring you every Monday, maps do have a special place. And with all the examples of ancient maps, week after week, it’s fun to see that the role of cartography in the shaping of our modern, digital world is far from being exhausted.

So, after reading a recent article published on Gizmodo, by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, with some of the earliest maps of the U.S., it just felt natural to open this edition of Vintage InfoDesign with a couple of those historical charts.

Hope you enjoy!

The Course of the Mississippi (1718) | Company of the West

(image: Company of the West)


World Map (1707) | Pieter van der Aa

(image: Pieter van der Aa)


New Mexico and Florida (1656) | Nicolas Sanson

(image: Nicolas Sanson)


Plan for a Hypothetical Nicaraguan Canal (c1870) | Julius Bien and Co

(image: Julius Bien and Co)


Relief traffic map of the recommended interregional system (1944) | National Interregional Highway Committee

(image: National Interregional Highway Committee)


Prizes for Home-Built Baby Autos! (1931) | Modern Mechanix

(image: Modern Mechanix)


The Gas Turbine (1944) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)


Map of the Holy Land (1720) | Liebaux

(image: Liebaux)


North American “Bird’s-Eye” View (1558) | Caspar Vopell

(image: Caspar Vopell)


How the world will end (1929) | Modern Mechanix

(image: Modern Mechanix)


Railroad Map of British Honduras (c1920) | Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

(image: Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America)



Time to close, but we’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams. Until then, enjoy 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.