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Vintage Infodesign [12]

Old how-to manuals, among many other 'visual antiques'

March 25, 2013

A couple of months ago, our columnist an long-time infographic designer Gerson Mora wrote about a manual by Singer, dated around 1946. You can read the full article here, so we’re just going to show some of the pages Gerson included in his post – which, by the way, has a perfect title: Teaching without words.

Let’s go ahead, and begin another edition of Vintage Infodesign:


Singer 15c75 Manual (1946) | Singer

(Image: Singer 15c75 Manual)

Singer 15c75 Manual (1946) | Singer

(Image: Singer 15c75 Manual)

Europe Raw Cotton Imports (1866) | Charles Joseph Minard

(image:Charles Joseph Minard)

(Via Sci Maps)

Bone fractures (c1900) | Franz Bilz

(image:Franz Bilz)

(Via pilllpat on Flickr)

Frontier between Alentejo and Spanish Estremadura (1644) | João Teixeira Abernaz

(image:João Teixeira Abernaz)

(Via Library of Portugal)

How to use a dial telephone (1951)


(Via Retronaut)

Artis Magnae Artilleriae : Pars Prima (1650) | Kazimierz Siemienowicz

(image: Kazimierz Siemienowicz)

(Via BibliOdissey)

Age distribution (1930) | Svea Rike

(image: Svea Rike)

(Via Prof. Michael Stoll on Flickr)

Nouveau Plan des Environs de Paris (1755) | Esnauts & Rapilly

(image: Esnauts & Rapilly)

(Via Wikimedia)]

Rain Chart of the U.S. (1755) | Francis A. Walker

(image: Francis A. Walker)

(Via Radical Cartography)

Panama Canal (1903) | The Guardian

(image: The Guardian)

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

Food Value of Fresh Cod (1920)

(image:Eric Fischer)

(Via Eric Fischer on Flickr)
And in case you missed last week’s featured works:


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)


We’ll be back next Monday 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.