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Vintage Infodesign [78]

More examples of the ancient art of data visualization

July 14, 2014

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Welcome to another round up of vintage visual goodies, with the usual hand-picked selection of old maps, diagrams, charts and infographics, all dated before 1960.

For our opening entry, we’d like to recommend a recent post by Alberto Cairo, that was already mentioned here on Visual Loop. Chapter fifteen of “How Not to Be Wrong“, a book that Cairo has been recommending for a while, talks about John Herschel, Francis Galton, and the history of the scatter plot. After a bit of digging, Alberto found Michael Friendly’s and Daniel Denis’ ‘The early origins and development of the scatterplot’ (Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2005.), where you can know more about scatter plots – including some early examples of its usage.

Hope you enjoy this and all the other examples we gathered for this post:

Phillips Curve (1958) | William Phillips

Phillips’ unemployment chart (1958)


A New and Exact Map of the Dominions of the King of Great Britain on ye Continent of North America (c1733) | Herman Moll

(image: Herman Moll)


Office Ventilation (1938) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)


La Nouvelle maniere de representer le Globe terrestre (1648) | Louis de Mayerne Turquet

(image: Louis de Mayerne Turquet)


Map of La Reunion (1802) | Jean Baptiste Genevieve Marcellin

(image: Jean Baptiste Genevieve Marcellin)


Super Dome Train Car (1952) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)


Merchant Is Shot Down in Battle After Daring Daylight Robbery (1909) | The San Francisco call

(image: The San Francisco call)


Moral and Statistical Chart Showing the Geographical Distribution of Man According to Religious Belief (1854) | Alexander Keith Johnston

(image: Alexander Keith Johnston)


The Complex of Big Unionism (1946) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)


A Comparative View of the Principal Waterfalls, Islands, Lakes, Rivers, and Mountains in the Eastern Hemisphere (1851) | John Tallis

(image: John Tallis)


Birdseye view of Boston Harbor (1920) | Federal Eng. and Pub.

(image: Federal Eng. and Pub.)


You Never Can Tell a Man Is a Fighter by His Looks (1912) | The evening world

(image: The evening world)


Chicago’s “Gangland” (1931) | Bruce-Roberts Inc.

(image: Bruce-Roberts Inc.)


Map of the “Yland of Barbados” (1657) | Richard Ligon

(image: Richard Ligon)


Map of London (1657) | Nicolas de Fer

(image: Nicolas de Fer)


Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia & Atlas purchased through The Wanamaker Century Club (1901) | New-York tribune

(image: New-York tribune)



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.