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Vintage Infodesign [85]

A journey into the history of information design and cartography

September 1, 2014

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To open today’s Vintage InfoDesign, we picked a couple of images out of the Miller Atlas – also known as Lopo Homem-Reineis Atlas. This Portuguese richly illustrated atlas dated from 1519 includes a dozen charts that were recently highlighted by the folks at Retronaut. The atlas was a joint work of cartographers Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel and Jorge Reinel, and illustrated by miniaturist António de Holanda. It was acquired in 1897 by the National Library of France to the librarian Bénigne Emmanuel Clement Miller – hence the name Atlas Miller.

It stands out for details of the map Terra Brasilis less than twenty years after the landing of Pedro Alvares Cabral. And it is thought to have been an offer from King Manuel I of Portugal to Francis I of France. The charts included and its authoring raised great controversy among scholars. Particularly a world map enclosed to the Pacific Ocean, which has been interpreted as an attempt to dissuade the circumnavigation that Magellan then prepared in Seville, in the court of Charles I of Spain. Besides Brazil, the regions represented are the North Atlantic Ocean, Northern Europe, the Azores Archipelago, Madagascar, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, China Sea, the Moluccas, and the Mediterranean Sea.

We hope you enjoy these and all the other pre-1960 graphics, charts and maps we selected for this post:

The Miller Atlas (1519) | Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel, António de Holanda

(image: Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel, António de Holanda)
(image: Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel, António de Holanda)
(image: Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel, António de Holanda)
(image: Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel, António de Holanda)

(Via)

Official map of Los Angeles County (1888) | V. J. Rowan

(image: V. J. Rowan)

(Via)

Post office radio – telephone services (1935) | MacDonald Gill

(image: MacDonald Gill)

(Via)

Titanic (1912) | The Illustrated London News

(image: The Illustrated London News)

(Via)

The Latest Map of Mars (1896) | San Francisco Call

(image: San Francisco Call)

(Via)

The Hanna story (1947) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

(Via)

Map of the Ohio Southern Railroad (1881) | GW and CB Colton and Co

(image: GW and CB Colton and Co)

(Via)

A Jeep For Your Young GI (1945) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

(Via)

Browning Hats Boston (1905) | C.A. Browning & Co

(image: C.A. Browning & Co)

(Via)

Glacier National Park (1914) | US Department of the Interior

(image: US Department of the Interior)

(Via)

The Last of the Rhinoceros Titans (1934) | Helen Ziska

(image: Helen Ziska)

(Via)

A flying hospital (1951) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

(Via)

The Edison Battery (1917) | Edison Storage Battery Company

(image: Edison Storage Battery Company)

(Via)

Map of the Bullfrog Mining District Nye County Nevada (1905) | The Williamson-Hafner Co.

(image: The Williamson-Hafner Co.)

(Via)

The vitamin business (1945) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

(Via)

The hand of Guido (1274) | Guido of Arezzo

(image: Guido of Arezzo)

(Via)

 

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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