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June 16, 2014

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After last week’s post, featuring the humorous work of William Harvey, depicting the maps of 19th century European nations through the use of symbolical – and provocative – illustrations, we decided to continue on the topic of ‘Pictorial Maps’, to bring another classic example: “Leo Belgicus“, showing the current day Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium as a lion.

The earliest “Leo Belgicus” was drawn by the Austrian cartographer Michael Aitzinger in 1583, when the Netherlands were fighting the Eighty Years’ War for independence. The motif was inspired by the heraldic figure of the lion, occurring in the coats of arms of several of the Netherlands, and the folks at Retrounaut gathered some of the examples of this popular cartographic illustration, that had several versions throughout the years.

The first picks of our weekly round up of vintage visual goodies come from that post:

Leo Belgicus (1583) | Michael Aitzinger

(image: Michael Aitzinger)

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Leo Belgicus (1609) | Claes Janszoon Visscher

(image: Claes Janszoon Visscher)

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Leo Belgicus (1630) | Claes Janszoon Visscher

(image: Claes Janszoon Visscher)

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Leo Belgicus (1611) | Jodocus Hondius

(image: Jodocus Hondius)

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Los Angeles (1949) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Comparative Chart Of The Extent Of Countries (1845) | William C. Woodbridge

(image: William C. Woodbridge)

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Esso Visitors Guide and map to Washington DC (1942) | Esso

(image: William C. Woodbridge)

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Landskrona (1680)

Landskrona (1680)

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Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis (1572) | Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg

(image: Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg)

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Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic Snow Cruiser (1939) | LIFE magazine

(image: LIFE magazine)

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Map of Greece (1540) | Nikolaos Gerbel

(image: Nikolaos Gerbel)

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Accessories for open air driving (1907) | The Vehicle Apron & Hood Company

(image: The Vehicle Apron & Hood Company)

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Merian map of Paris (1615)

(image: Merian map of Paris (1615))

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How the Prisoners Were Reached (1926) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

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Battle of Heiligerlee (1568) | Frans Hogenberg

(image: Frans Hogenberg)

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Johnson’s Georgetown and The City of Washington The Capital of the United States of American (1862) | Johnson & Ward

(image: Johnson & Ward)

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The Uncle Sam Hemisphere (1904) | Minneapolis Journal

(image: Minneapolis Journal)

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Ribbon map of the Mississippi River (1866) | Myron Coloney and Sidney B. Fairchild

(image: Myron Coloney and Sidney B. Fairchild)

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That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.

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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