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Our weekly selection of old maps, charts and graphics

February 9, 2015

Time for more vintage infographics, maps and charts here on Visualoop, as we always do every Monday. Our introduction today is dedicated to a recent post signed by Erik Kwakkel and published on the excellent Medieval Books blog.

In it, Kwakkel explains how tools were sometimes attached to manuscripts, such as a disk, dial or knob, or even a complete scientific instrument. As he says, “such ‘add-ons’ were usually mounted onto the page, extending the book’s primary function as an object that one reads, turning it into a piece of hardware.” Awesome, right?

Here are the picks of the week, starting with three examples of such vintage gadgets – and don’t forget to read the full post to know more about each one.

Volvelle (1491)

Vintage infographic Volvelle (1491)


Cogwheel (1647) | Bernardus Silvester

(image: Bernardus Silvester)


Sundial (1720) | Jacques la Royer

(image: Jacques la Royer)


Early Seventeenth Century Infantry Equipment (1615) | Ulderick Balck

(image: Ulderick Balck)


Imperial Airways (1937) | James Gardner

(image: James Gardner)


14-year strike trends (1949) | Business Week

(image: Business Week)


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

(image: Howard Burke)


The capture of Breda by Prince Maurice in four scenes (c1571) | Bartholomeus Dolendo

(image: Bartholomeus Dolendo)


Drinking in the U.S.—1916-1948 (1948) | The New York Times

(image: The New York Times)


Television sees with a glass eye (1939) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)


Distribution of the Genus Juglans The Walnuts in North America (1884) | U.S. Department of the Interior

(image: U.S. Department of the Interior)


The Old Northwest Territory (1937) | F. Rentschler

(image: F. Rentschler)


The mechanics of Man (1928) | G.H. Davids

(image: G.H. Davids)


“Briggs” Milling Machine (1916) | Gooley & Edlund Inc

(image: Gooley & Edlund Inc)


The siege of Dalen (1568) | Frans Hogenberg

(image: Frans Hogenberg)



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.