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Mapping and infographic inspiration from the past

September 15, 2014

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Time to take our weekly journey into data visualization history, with more than 20 examples of diagrams, maps, charts and graphics published previously to 1960.

The opening picks for today’s post goes to SVA Library Picture & Periodicals Collections, a blog that highlights the Picture Collection and Periodicals Collection at the Visual Arts Library. Currently containing about 100 item, Charts, Graphs, & Diagrams is one of the Picture Collection’s categories – the content of this category owes a great deal to late 1940’s and early 1950’s Fortune Magazines, a regular presence in these round ups here on Visualoop.

Unfortunately, not only do have to travel to New York to see the majority of the collection, but you have to be a student at the School of Visual Arts to gain access. Hopefully, these and many other works will be available online someday, but until then, enjoy these examples we single out for you:

Distilled water (1951) | Fortune Magazine

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US Foreign Economic Policy chart (1951) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

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Break-even point (1949) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

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TV around the power plant (1951) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

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The story map of flying (1942) | Ernest Dudley Chase

(image: Ernest Dudley Chase)

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Oskaloosa (1938) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Main Administration Regions of the Soviet Union in 1944 (1947) | ISOTYPE Institute

(image: ISOTYPE Institute)

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Portable Atlas (1708) | Daniel de la Feuille

(image: Daniel de la Feuille)

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House for the Atomic Age (1953) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

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Different Views of the Major Cities in Persia (1762) | Johann Baptist Homann

(image: Johann Baptist Homann)

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Round two in Russia (1943) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Unicycle patent (1885) | J. O. Lose

(image: J. O. Lose)

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Cuba’s Geomorphology (1949) | Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz

(image: Gerardo Canet & Erwin Raisz)

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Futuristic Car (1940) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

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A Map of Saint Petersburg Province and County (1792) | Alexander Subotin

(image: Alexander Subotin )

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Forty eight parts of a bomber’s body (1941) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)

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Le Jeu du Monde (1645) | Pierre Duval

(image: Pierre Duval)

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A Man’s Character Indicated by the Way He Holds His Cigar (1911) | The New York Tribune

(image: The New York Tribune)

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Map of Alaska (1909) | Alaska Road Commission

(image: Alaska Road Commission)

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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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