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Vintage information design keeps making its way on the Internet

January 21, 2013

Vintage information design is indeed making its way on the Internet. Last week, a fantastic interview with Prof. Michael Stoll was published in the SND website, made by no other than John Grimwade – simply one of the greatest information designers ever.

The full interview is available here, but we just wanted to leave you with a particular quote by Prof. Stoll, before we move on to this week’s selection.

The core of what we can learn from vintage infographics is the richness of explanatory methods. Sometimes the visualization itself looks dated, but the underlying methods of adapting the display, so that it is understood as intended, are a treasure to learn from.


Let’s get down to infographic memory lane then:


Wound Man (c. 1400s) | Claudius (Pseudo) Galen

(image: Claudius (Pseudo) Galen,c. 1400s )

(Via Wellcome Library)

Pantograph (c. 1800s)

(image:The Canadian Centre for Architecture,c.1800s )

(Via The Canadian Centre for Architecture)

Internal Ear (1908) | Alvin Davison

(image: Alvin Davison,1908  )

(Via Sue Clark’s Flickr)

Magical Calendar (1582)

(image: ‘Ein Im[m]erwährender Natürlich-Magischer Calender, Welcher die Beschauung der Allertiefesten und Geheimesten Sachen, Ingleichen die Erkäntnüs der gantzen Philosophie in sich faßet’, 1582)
(Via peacay on Flickr)

Statistical Atlas of the United States (1900)

(image:United States Census Office,1900 )

(Via Prof. Michael Stoll on Flickr)

How to Know Your Guided Missiles (1950)

(image:Popular Science,1950 )

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Early Apollo Concept (1962) | Fortune Magazine

(image:Fortune Magazine,1962 )

(Via James Vaughan on Flickr)

Night-Club Map of Harlem (1932)

(image: Elmer Simms Campbell,1932 )

(Via Strange Maps)

Geomancy Almanac (1552)

(image: Geomancy Almanac,1552  )

(Via BibliOdissey)

The book reader of the future (1935) | Everyday Science and Mechanics

(image: Everyday Science and Mechanics,1935 )

(Via Paleofuture)


Last week’s featured works:

The Solar System (1913)

(image: Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas)

(Via prof. Michael Stoll’s Flickr)

Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge (1935)

(image: Science and Mechanics, 1935)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Sarajevo before World War I (1905)

1905 Baedekers tourist’s map of the city of Serajevo

(Via First World War)

San Francisco Historical Creek Map (1890s)

San Francisco Historical Creek Map

(Via Oakland Museum of California)

Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica (1661)

(image: Andreas Cellarius, 1661)

(Via Wikimedia)

Occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia (1900)

(image: Prof. W.E.B. Du Bois and students, 1900)

(Via All my eyes)

Pendulum measuring (1718)

(image: Johann Leonhard Rost,1718)

(Via BibliOdissey)

Be on guard (1921)

(image: Dimitri Moor, 1921)

(Via Daily Mail)


We’ll return next week with another selection of vintage charts, maps and other visual goodies form the ‘old days’.

Written by Tiago Veloso

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