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Vintage Infodesign [117]

Our regular journey into data visualization history

May 11, 2015

One of the cool things of making these round ups of vintage pieces of information design and cartography is the feeling that, no matter how much you look for and research the topic, there’s always room to get amazed on how folks created such works with little references, or none whatsoever.

And then you also have the early use of visualization by publications, such as magazines or newspapers, which still play an indisputable role in spreading the good practices of infographic design. Today’s opening pick comes from the Minneapolis Tribune archives, a 1921 cartogram by General Electric showing the United States scaled according to the proportion of electricity-using population. Thanks to Ben Welter for sharing, and we also included a couple of other vintage cartograms found on Making Maps.

Enjoy all the picks of this week:

Electricity in the US (1921) | Minneapolis Tribune

(image: Minneapolis Tribune)

(Via)

Markets are People (1930) | Printers’ Ink Publishing Co.

(image: Printers’ Ink Publishing Co.)

(Via)

How Each State Shared in PWA Allotments for Non-Federal Power Projects (1938) | Public Utilities Fortnightly

(image: Public Utilities Fortnightly)

(Via)

Camper Built Inside a Car (1952) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

(Via)

Representation of the solar system, the planets and their orbits (1855) | Ludwig Preyssinger

(image: Ludwig Preyssinger)

(Via)

Jupiter, 1280 times larger than the Earth (1855) | Smith’s Illustrated astronomy

(image: Smith’s Illustrated astronomy)

(Via)

Phases of Saturn (1850) | E.O. Kendall

(image: E.O. Kendall)

(Via)

See Canada’s parks this summer (1935) | The Star Magazine

(image: The Star Magazine)

(Via)

GM and the Foreign Markets (1945) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via)

Chinese acupuncture chart (c1650)

(image: Chinese acupuncture chart (c1650))

(Via)

US Presidential elections 1824-1840 (1883) | United States Census Office

(image: United States Census Office)

(Via)

The atomic production line (1950) | Fortune magazine

(image: C.P.D)

(Via)

Pacific Battlefront (1944) | C.P.D

(image: C.P.D)

(Via)

Moon map (c1750)

(image: Moon map (c1750))

(Via)

 

Time to end 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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