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Impressive diagrams, maps and charts from before 1970.

March 18, 2013

If you follow Alberto Cairo‘s updates on his blog or on Twitter, you’ve probably familiar with John Snow’s cholera map, dated from 1854. Cairo has no problem electing this as one of the most important data visualizations ever, and you’ll see that mentioned on his book, The Functional Art.

Recently, Simon Rogers, editor of the Guardian Data Blog, wrote an interesting piece about this map, including a modern interactive version, created with CartoDB. You can check out the full post here, and we’ve included John Snow’s original map on today’s Vintage InfoDesign:


London’s cholera map (1854) | John Snow

(image:John Snow,1854 )

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

Ancient Map of Brussels (1657)

(image:Ancient Map of Brussels, 1657)

(Via Vidiani)

Voyage au Rayaume de Galanterie (1652) | Delphine Denis

(image:Delphine Denis,1652)

(Via Erudit)

A Glossary of Television Terms (1964) | John Alcorn

(image:John Alcorn, 1964)

(Via So Much Pileup)

The Moral Map of the United States (1854)

(image:Ptak Science Books,1854)

(Via Ptak Science Books)

Making A Power Loom (1936) | Mechanics And Handicraft

(image:Mechanics And Handicraft, 1936)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

“Octant” world map (1514) | Leonardo da Vinci

(image: Leonardo da Vinci, 1514)

(Via Sci Maps)

The Netherlands as a Lion (1611) | Jodocus Hondius

(image: Jodocus Hondius, 1611)

(Via Blue Monocle)

The Kiss of the Oceans (1915) | C. A. Hollands

(image:C. A. Hollands, 1915)

(Via Retronaut)

Chart of the Lower Mississippi River (1858) | A. Persac

(image: A. Persac, 1858)

(Via David Rumnsey Map collection)

Map of Telegraphy, Europe and North America (1858) | Charles Magnus

(image:Charles Magnus,1858)

(Via Big Map Blog)


And in case you missed last week’s featured works:


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)

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.