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Vintage Infodesign [86]

Scientific diagrams, cutaways, maps and charts from before the digital age

September 8, 2014

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Earlier this year, we opened an edition of Vintage InfoDesign with some amazing astronomical and geological illustrations, circa 1840, authored by John Philipps Emslie, and in display at the Wellcome Collection.

Back then, we found them thanks to Joe Hanson‘s It’s Okay To Be Smart and now, the folks at Retronaut pulled together more examples of John Philipps Emslie’s explanatory diagrams – a series untitled “Illustrations of Natural Philosophy”, from around 1850. We picked a handful of our favorites to open this post, that includes several other vintage visual goodies to bright up your Monday.

Enjoy this week’s picks:

Illustrations of Natural Philosophy: Electricity (c1850) | John Philipps Emslie

(image: John Philipps Emslie)

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Illustrations of Natural Philosophy: Magnetism (c1850) | John Philipps Emslie

(image: John Philipps Emslie)

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Illustrations of Natural Philosophy: Motion and Machinery (c1850) | John Philipps Emslie

(image: John Philipps Emslie)

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Illustrations of Natural Philosophy: Mechanical Powers (c1850) | John Philipps Emslie

(image: John Philipps Emslie)

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Illustrations of Natural Philosophy: Optics (c1850) | John Philipps Emslie

(image: John Philipps Emslie)

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The Pacific – Vital area for United States and Japan (1942) | Howard Burke

(image: Howard Burke)

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Floating runways for seaplanes (1936) | Science and Mechanics

(image: Science and Mechanics)

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HMS Royal Sovereign (1904) | The Boy’s Own Paper

(image: The Boy’s Own Paper)

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Chrysler Building (1930) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

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Canada and Newfoundland: Their natural and industrial resources (1942) | Leslie MacDonald Gill

(image: Leslie MacDonald Gill)

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How a theater is air conditioned (1951) | The Saturday Evening Post

(image: The Saturday Evening Post)

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A proposal for sending and receiving moving-pictures signals between the planets Earth and Mars (c1930) | Hugo Gernsbacher

(image: Hugo Gernsbacher)

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The cycle of Virtue and Substance (1929) | Fritz Kahn

(image: Fritz Kahn)

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Siege of Barcelona (1714)

(image: Siege of Barcelona (1714))

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If only we could fly the Atlantic (1912) | The Graphic

(image: The Graphic)

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

(image: The Williamson-Hafner Co.)

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Mingrélie (1714) | Pieter Van der Aa

(image: Pieter Van der Aa)

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

(image: Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea)

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What might have happened with the Titanic (1912) | Life Magazine

(image: Life Magazine)

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World Flight Routes (1930) | Osaka Mainichi Shinbun

(image: Osaka Mainichi Shinbun)

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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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