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Old maps, charts and graphics from before the Digital Age

January 20, 2014

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For our introduction today, we’ve picked a post that was actually highlighted on our latest Data Viz News: Gizmodo’s 14 Complex Data Visualizations That Take The Form Of A Tree, a shout out from Jordan Kushins to Manuel Lima‘s new book, The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge. The post features several examples of visualizations, and we start this edition of Vintage InfoDesign with some of the visualizations presented in that article.

Hope you enjoy!

The Tree of Man’s Life (c. 1639–50) | John Goddard

The Tree of Man’s Life | John Goddard


Tree of consanguinity (1471) | Loyset Liédet

(image: Loyset Liédet)


Cartesian system of Vortices (1644) | René Descartes

(image: René Descartes)


Ausschnitt (1589) | Joist Moers

(image: Joist Moers)


Map of Maui, Hawaii (1885) | F.S. Dodge

(image: F.S. Dodge)


Fiberglass sports car (1956) | Mechanix Illustrated

(image: Mechanix Illustrated)


The shores of Spain and Portugal (1751) | Jacques Nicolas Bellin

(image: Jacques Nicolas Bellin)


Holy Land and the 12 Tribes (1759)

(image: Holy Land and the 12 Tribes)


The Moniac (1952) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)


Map of Berlin (1789) | Carl Ludwig von Oesfeld

(image: Carl Ludwig von Oesfeld)


Comparing the size of the ‘Lusitania’ (1907) | The Illustrated London News

(image: The Illustrated London News)
(image: The Illustrated London News)


Map of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay (1893)

(image: Map of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay)



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.