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Vintage Infodesign [110]

Another thriling journey into data visualization history

March 9, 2015

Usually seen in comic books as an indispensable part of story telling, speech bubbles are also present in several old manuscripts, as you can see over at this post by Medieval Books blog. Dr. Erik Kwakkel, from the University of Leiden, has been maintaining this blog for a while now, always with great content about medieval manuscripts.

Besides speech bubbles, books before print had another way to make a silent figure on the page speak: the banderole. As Kwakkel explains, “this clever device gave the decorator the ability to make someone deliver a short statement. Short, because it had to fit on a tiny scroll.”

We open this Vintage InfoDesign with two of the examples Kwakkel mentions in that post, followed by our usual round up of ancient maps, charts and visualizations.

Hope you enjoy!

Electorium parvum sue breviculum (1316) | Raymond Lull

(image: Raymond Lull)


Postilles de Nic. de Lire sur la Bible (c1400)

(image: Postilles de Nic. de Lire sur la Bible (c1400))


Sanitary Topographical Map of New York (1865) | Egbert Ludovicus Viele

(image: Egbert Ludovicus Viele)


Potential Nazi Supporters (1938) | Deutsches Volkstum in aller Welt

(image: Deutsches Volkstum in aller Welt)


Map of Brighton (1599) | Francesco Valesio, Martin Rota, Georg Braun

(image: Francesco Valesio, Martin Rota, Georg Braun)


Transcontinental routes of Pacific Greyhound Lines (1935) | Greyhound Lines

(image: Greyhound Lines)


How US tea supply is distributed in wartime (1943) | BusinessWeek

(image: BusinessWeek)


Map of the United States (1848) | John Tallis

(image: John Tallis)


Map of Virginia (1651) | Virginia Company

(image: Virginia Company)


The tourist’s pocket map of the State of Illinois (1935) | Chicago Sunday Tribune

(image: Chicago Sunday Tribune)


The Battle of the Atlantic (1942) | Fortune Magazine

(image: Fortune Magazine)


What business has done (1940) | BusinessWeek

(image: BusinessWeek)


Public educators in Mexico (1885) | Antonio Garcia and Cubas

(image: Antonio Garcia and Cubas)



Time to close today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with more vintage data visualization, 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.