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Vintage Infodesign [67]

The weekly incursion into data visualization history

April 28, 2014

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One of the charts that we brought here, back in Vintage InfoDesign [2], depicted the “occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia” in 1900. It was one of the many statistical charts, graphs and maps created by prof. W.E.B. Du Bois, along with collaborators Thomas J. Calloway and Daniel Murray, for The Paris Exposition of 1900 (Exposition universelle internationale de 1900).

The event devoted a whole building to matters of “social economy”, and the United States section of that building featured an exhibit dedicated to the history and “present conditions” of African Americans. Over 60 charts and maps, along with specially commissioned photographs, were prepared for The Georgia Negro Exhibit.

Recently, Rebecca Onion talked about this remarkable work in one of her always-interesting contributions to Slate’s Vault. As she reports, “While the Library of Congress has long offered digital access to the photographs shown in that display, they’ve just recently added scans of 57 hand-drawn charts to that digital collection.”

The first three of our picks come from that collection:

Routes of the African slave trade (1900) | W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas J. Calloway, Daniel Murray

(image: W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas J. Calloway, Daniel Murray)

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Income and expenditure of 150 Negro families in Atlanta (1900) | W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas J. Calloway, Daniel Murray

(image: W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas J. Calloway, Daniel Murray)

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City and rural population 1890 (1900) | W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas J. Calloway, Daniel Murray

(image: W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas J. Calloway, Daniel Murray)

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The Great Engineering Works of New York City (1892) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

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The race for metals (1942) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Geographical, Statistical, and Historical Map of Alabama (1822) | Henry Charles Carey, Isaac Lea

(image: Henry Charles Carey, Isaac Lea)

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Apollo 15 Mission Analyzer (1971) | NASA

(image: NASA)

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HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map (1944) | Twelfth Army Group

(image: Twelfth Army Group)

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A New Mape of ye XVII Provinces of Low Germanie, Mended a New in Manie Place (1626) | John Speed

(image: John Speed)

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The Ingenious Scheme to Raise the Submarine S-51 from Its Ocean Grave (1926) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

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Flotation and ‘scuba’ devices (1726) | Jacob Leupold

(image: Jacob Leupold)

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Map of Concarneau (1808)

(image: Map of Concarneau (1808))

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Chemical Analyser (1948) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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World Lines (c1860) | Alexander von Humboldt

(image: Alexander von Humboldt)

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Table of General Questions on Geography (1821) | Aloisius Edouard Camille Gaultier

(image: Aloisius Edouard Camille Gaultier)

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Map of the borough of Manhattan and part of the Bronx showing location and extent of racial colonies (1920) | Ohman Map Co.

(image: Ohman Map Co.)

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That’s it for today’s Vintage InfoDesign! We’ll be back next week with another selection, 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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