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.
A Map of Physics (1939)
(Via Strange Maps)
China as the centre of the world (1602)
(Via the Daily Mail)
Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes (1931)
(Via Modern Mechanix)
A Chronological Chart of the Visions of Daniel and John (1842)
(Seen on Visual Complexity)
Munster’s Map of the World (1544)
(Via Florida History)
The World’s tallest buildings (1884)
The wonders within your head (1938)
(Via Paul Carrington’s Flickr)
Inside the Earth (1863)
How whiskey is distilled (1942)
(Via Infographics Showcase)
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!