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Starting 2013 with a new series of posts filled with old charts, graphics, maps and much more!

January 7, 2013

Before anything else, our best wishes of a great 2013 for everyone! We had to take a small break but now we’re back, and to kick off this new year  a brand new series of posts. Every Monday, a selection of vintage charts, maps, diagrams and other data visualizations that were being made long before the ‘infographic explosion’.

For the past three years, we’ve collected many of those vintage information designs on our Tumblr, and lately we’ve been noticing an increase of interest and appreciation for this kind of content.

And the truth is that you have a great amount of quality material already available on the Internet. Professor Michael Stoll‘s Flickr profile is a must, for example, and the Vintage Infographics Group also has some interesting images. Websites like Strange Maps and BibliOdissey post amazing examples regularly.

We’ll try to feature visualizations from all over the web, and as usual, you’re invited to send us your suggestions through Twitter and Facebook.


A Map of Physics (1939)

(A 1939 Map of Physics)

(Via Strange Maps)

China as the centre of the world (1602)

(Created created in 1602 by Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci)

(Via the Daily Mail)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes (1931)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes, published on Science and Mechanics magazine, 1935

(Via Modern Mechanix)

A Chronological Chart of the Visions of Daniel and John (1842)

Printed by Joshua Himes in 1842

(Seen on Visual Complexity)

Munster’s Map of the World (1544)

Originally published in Münster’s edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia and in Münster’s masterwork, Cosmographia in 1544.

(Via Florida History)

The World’s tallest buildings (1884)

Published by George F. Cram in Cram’s Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World, Chicago IL. Lithograph color print.

(Via Retronaut)

The wonders within your head (1938)

Look magazine, 1938

(Via Paul Carrington’s Flickr)

Inside the Earth (1863)

Earth cutaway (1863)

(Via El Biblionata on Flickr.)

How whiskey is distilled (1942)

Hiram Walker’s whiskey distillery, from Forbes magazine (1942)

(Via Infographics Showcase)

London Underground tube map (1910)

London Underground tube map, 1910

(Found on Mike Yashworth’s Flickr)


Hope you enjoyed this first post, and once again, we wish you all a great 2013!

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.