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Special edition with vintage graphics about World War I

June 30, 2014

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It’s hard to imagine that just a century ago, the world was about to get involved in one of the most brutal wars in history. The First World War began on 28 July 1914 and lasted five years, leaving behind millions of dead combatants and civilians, and a political turmoil that would changed the face of Europe forever. The reasons for the conflict are far from being simple, but the event that has been acknowledged by almost every 20th century historian to have sparked World War I took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on June 28, 1914 – the day Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungary empire, was shot to death along with his wife by a Serbian nationalist.

We usually don’t dedicate this weekly space to a single event or topic, but in this case, nor only is well deserved but also because there’s a fair amount of infographic material dating back to that time. A special mention here to a post by Simon Rogers, while he was still at The Guardian, in 2013, and to John Ptak’s blog, from which we managed to find some of the vintage works presented below.

Hope you enjoy this selection – and feel free to let us know if you know of other vintage graphics about World War I, we’ll make sure that they are featured in a upcoming follow-up post.

Cartoon Map of Europe (1914)

(image: Cartoon Map of Europe (1914))

(Via)

The relative strength in trained men of the armies of Europe (1914) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via)

A week’s rations for the German army (1914) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via)

Torpedoes of the Air: Bomb-Droppers Directed by Wireless (1913) | W.B. Robinson

Vintage Infographic Torpedoes of the Air Bomb-Droppers Directed by Wireless (1854)
(image: W.B. Robinson)

(Via Ptak Science Books )

Some of the airplanes in today’s aerial contest (1914) | The Manchester Guardian

(image: The Manchester Guardian)

(Via)

Diagram to illustrate the siege of Liege (1914) | The Manchester Guardian

(image: The Manchester Guardian)

(Via)

The county palatine engineers (1915) | The Manchester Guardian

(image: The Manchester Guardian)

(Via)

The positions East of Paris (1914) | The Manchester Guardian

(image: The Manchester Guardian)

(Via)

German and British losses at the Battle of Jutland (1916) | Bauernfreund

(image: Bauernfreund)

(Via)

The Somme Battle achievement (1916) | The Manchester Guardian

(image: The Manchester Guardian)

(Via)

War Weapons the US needs (1917) | Illustrated World

(image: Illustrated World)

(Via)

Aviation in Perspective (1917) | S. W. Clatworthy

Vintage Infographic Aviation in Perspective (1917)
(image:S. W. Clatworthy,1917 )

(Via Prafulla)

A device in the German Gotha machine (1917) | The Manchester Guardian

(image: The Manchester Guardian)

(Via)

The rise and fall of Germany’s submarine campaign (1915) | The Manchester Guardian

Vintage infographic the rise and fall of Germany's submarine campaign (1915)

(Via)

Dirigibles (1914) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via)

Airplanes (1914) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via)

Sea power (1914) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)
(image: Scientific American)

(Via)

WWI Western and Eastern Fronts (c1919) | J.F. Horrabin

(image: J.F. Horrabin)
(image: J.F. Horrabin)

(Via)

 

Obviously, this is just a pale selection of what was, probably, the first major conflict illustrated with infographics by the print media. We’ll appreciate any suggestions on where to find more! We’ll be back next week with another selection, and 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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