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Vintage Infodesign [10]

A hand-picked selection of charts, maps and even animated gifs!

March 11, 2013

The Speech Chain: A Vintage Illustrated Guide to the Science of Language and Vintage Anatomical Charts of the Male and Female Body, as Animated GIFs are the most recent posts written by Brain Pickings‘s Maria Popova, focused on vintage scientific illustration, a theme that is quite frequent in one of the most popular blogs in the world. We bring you a small sample of the images gathered in both those posts, together with other interesting examples of medieval cartography, charts from the early 1900s and much more.

Also worth mentioning is Prof. Michael Stoll‘s exhition ‘The History of Infographics‘, that happened during the IC13 congress in Zeist, The Netherlands. You can check out some photos posted on Flickr here.

We leave you now with this week’s selection:


The cochlear portion of the inner ear (1963) | Bell Telephone Laboratories

(image: Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1963 )

(Via Brain Pickings)

Man’s Anatomy (1942) | Myron D. Jacoby

(image:Myron D. Jacoby, 1942 )

(Animated gif by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings)

Woman’s anatomy (1942) | Myron D. Jacoby

(image:Myron D. Jacoby, 1942 )

(Animated gif by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings)

World Map (1652) | Nicolas Visscherc

(image:Nicolas Visscherc, 1652 )

(Via Teletoples Blog)

Origins of Slang (1967)

(image:Origins of Slang ,1967)

(Via Wired)

Communication Chart (1907) | Marconi

(image:Marconi, 1907)

(Via Ptak Science Books)

The solar system and the theory of the seasons (1854) | Sidney Hall and William Hughes

(image: Sidney Hall and William Hughes, 1854 )

(Via Retronaut)

Clover-leaf world map (1588) | Henrich Bünting

(image:Henrich Bünting, 1588 )

(Via SciMaps)

Der Bodensee (1970) | Erich Hofmann

(image: Erich Hofmann, 1970)

(Via Michael Stoll on Flickr)

Master plan of development of the USSR’s agricultural sector (c1960)

(image: Robin Richars, c1960)

(Via Robin Richars)

The Astronomy of the Great Flood (1925) | The Illustrated London News

(image:The Illustrated London News, 1925 )

(Via Ptak Science Books)
And in case you missed last week’s featured works:


The Cotton Kingdom (1653) | Edward Atkinson

Vintage Infographic The Cotton Kingdom (1653)
(image:Edward Atkinson, 1653 )

(Via The New York Times)

How to swim (c.1900s) | Friedrich Eduard Bilz

Vintage Infographic How to swim (c.1900s)
(image: Friedrich Eduard Bilz, c.1900s)

(Via Brain Pickings)

Steam Baths (c.1900s) | Friedrich Eduard Bilz

Vintage Infographic Steam Baths (c.1900s)
(image:Friedrich Eduard Bilz, c.1900s )

(Via Brain Pickings)

Evesham World Map (c1400) | Evesham Abbey

Vintage Infographic Evesham World Map (c1400)
(image:Evesham Abbey, c1400 )

(Via Daily Mail)

Unnamed fort town (1722) | Laurens van der Hem

Vintage Infographic Unnamed fort town (1722)
(image:Laurens van der Hem, 1722 )

(Via BibliOdissey)

Map of the Square and Stationary Earth (1893) | Orlando Ferguson

Vintage Infographic Map of the Square and Stationary Earth (1893)
(image:Orlando Ferguson, 1893 )

(Via Map Room Blog)

First Atlas of Russia (1745) | Joseph Nicolas de L’Isle

Vintage Infographic First Atlas of Russia (1745)
(image:Joseph Nicolas de L’Isle, 1745)

(Via David Rumsey online collection)

A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart (c. 1833–1842) | D. W. Kellogg

Vintage Infographic A Map of the Open Country of a Woman's Heart (c. 1833–1842)
(image:D. W. Kellogg, c. 1833–1842 )

(Via American Antiquarian)

History of Skirt Lengths (c.1945)

Vintage Infographic History of Skirt Lengths (c.1945)
(image:History of Skirt Lengths (c.1945) )

(Via Ptak Science Books)

The Mapa Cor-de-rosa: A Portuguese Empire That Never Was (1886) | Erherd Fres

Vintage Infographic The Mapa Cor de rosa A Portuguese Empire That Never Was (1886)
(image: Erherd Fres,1886 )

(Via Strange Maps)

We’ll be back next week with another selection of vintage visualizations. Until then, keep following our daily updates here on Visual Loop, and if you came across some old map, chart of graph, send it to us and we’ll be sure to add it to our weekly selection.

Written by Tiago Veloso

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