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Our weekly journey into the history of visualization

February 17, 2014

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We often praise the fantastic findings of one of our favorite blogs for vintage goodies, Ptak Science Books. Almost every week we feature some old chart, map or illustration found in its archives, and today we decided to reinforce our admiration for the work John Ptak has been doing in the blog since January 2008.

For that, we picked one of his quick posts – actually, a picture dump, from the Library of Congress: a huge set of 900+ images of posters produced by the Workers Progress Administration (WPA) during the Depression. Most of them are not data visualization or infographic related, but they sure are amazing – and we always manage to find a couple that fit in this weekly column.

Here are this weeks picks:

Occupations related to household arts (c1941) | WPA Art Project

(image: WPA Art Project)

(Via)

Uniform for engineer replacement center, Fort Belvoir, Va. (c1941) | WPA Art Project

(image: WPA Art Project)

(Via)

Insignia of branch or arm of service (c1941) | WPA Art Project

(image: WPA Art Project)

(Via)

The Porcineograph (c1876) | Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company

(image: Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company)

(Via)

The Animal Map of North America (1920) | Alexis Everett Frye

(image: Alexis Everett Frye)

(Via)

Subterranean World (1668) | Athanasius Kircher

(image: Athanasius Kircher)

(Via)

Map of the Battles of Bull Run Near Manassas (1914) | Solomon Bamberger

(image: Solomon Bamberger)

(Via)

Cartoon Map of Europe (1870) | Hadol

(image: Hadol)

(Via)

Tabula Peutingeriana (c300 AC)

(image: Tabula Peutingeriana (c300 AC) – partial capture)

(Via)

Planispherium Arteum (c1660) | Andreas Cellarius

(image: Andreas Cellarius)

(Via)

Siege Plan of Fort-Moro (1765) | Jean de Beaurain

(image: Jean de Beaurain)

(Via)

Telescopic View of the Moon (c1840) | John Phillips Emslie

(image: John Phillips Emslie)

(Via)

System Solare et Planetarium (1742) | J. B. Homann

(image: J. B. Homann)

(Via)

Invasion of Britain (1940) | Illustrated London News

(image: Illustrated London News)

(Via)

Amusement Park Ride (1919) | Electrical Experimenter magazine

(image: Electrical Experimenter magazine)

(Via)

The Earth is a weather machine (1940) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

(Via)

Sheppard’s Geographical and Astronomical clock (c1840) | John Phillips Emslie

(image: John Phillips Emslie)

(Via)

 

We’ll be back next week with another round-up of old maps, graphics and diagrams, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these vintage goodies.

Written by Tiago Veloso

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

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