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Vintage Infodesign [66]

A look back at the history of information design and cartography

April 21, 2014

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It has been a while since we dedicated some space to vintage scientific illustration, an art form that has its unquestionable place in the history of data visualization as a whole, and is usally present here on Visual Loop in Diana Marque’ regular columns.

For this quick incursion, we revisit BibiOdissey’s post about the ‘Atlas de Zoologie‘ by Paul Gervais, published in Paris in 1844 by Adolphe Delahays. This book features over 250 figures of little known animals, spread across 100 illustration plates. The volume was donated by Museum Victoria and is hosted by the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

We open this post with some of the illustrations shared on BibliOdissey:

‘Atlas de Zoologie’ (1844) | Paul Gervais

(image: Paul Gervais)
(image: Paul Gervais)
(image: Paul Gervais)

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Pegamon World Atlas – Mongolia (1967) | Polish Army -Topography Service

(image: Polish Army -Topography Service)

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Map of Hamburg (1730) | Covens & Mortier

(image: Covens & Mortier)

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Map of Unexplored Territories (1810) | Z M Pike

(image: Z M Pike)

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Map of St. Augustine (1589) | John White

(image: John White)

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Tricking the Eye (1927) | Popular Science

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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The world of General Motors (1935) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Hupmobile United America Tour (1918) | National Highways Association

(image: National Highways Association)

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Fish Men Discover a 2,200-year-old Greek Ship (1954) | National Geographic

(image: National Geographic)

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The Firemen’s guide (1843) | Prosper Desobry

(image: Prosper Desobry)

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That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these visual 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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