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Our weekly dive into the past of data visualization

June 8, 2015

“A celebration of endlessly repeated visual conceits and deceits”. That’s how the “The Visual Primer of Advertising Cliches” – our blog recommendation for today – defines itself.

With over 11.000 images gathered so far, ranging from the early days of the 20th century until the late 1970s, it’s only natural that you’ll find several examples of maps and charts in some of these ads – with which we open our Vintage InfoDesign:

One System Highway of the Air (1945) | American Airlines

(image: American Airlines)


Much of the world’s hidden oil wealth (1940) | National Supply Drilling Machinery

(image: National Supply Drilling Machinery)


How a cup of coffee won friends (1945) | Pan American Coffee Bureau

(image: Pan American Coffee Bureau)


A Socialistic USA? (1950) | Electric Light and Power Companies

(image: Electric Light and Power Companies)


Braunschweig, Luneburg, Bremen and Stade (1572) | Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg

(image: Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg)


This World of Ours Showing the New National Boundaries (1920) | James Henry Daugherty, Mercedes Clifton, G.J. Harris

(image: James Henry Daugherty, Mercedes Clifton, G.J. Harris)


Bird’s Eye View of the Panama Canal (1915) | I.L. Maduro Jr.

(image: I.L. Maduro Jr.)


Office Ventilation (1938) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)


GM and the foreign markets (1945) | Matthew Leibowitz

(image: Matthew Leibowitz)


Wold Map (1865) | August Ravenstein, B.Dondorf

(image: August Ravenstein, B.Dondorf)


Cyclones (1949) | Gerardo Canet, Erwin Raisz

(image: Gerardo Canet, Erwin Raisz)


The tenants think it’s wonderful (c1935) | Otis Elevators

(image: Otis Elevators)


The world according to Standard (N.J.) (1940) | Richard Edes Harrison

(image: Richard Edes Harrison)


Supremacy of Parties and Popular Vote (1880) | Statistical Atlas of the United States

(image: Statistical Atlas of the United States)


Western Motor Car Route Guide (c1915)

(image: Western Motor Car Route Guide )


America the Wonderland. A Pictorial Map of the United States (1940) | Ernest Dudley Chase

(image: Ernest Dudley Chase)


The United States With the Areas of the States Proportional to Their Manufacturing Output in 1935 (1937) | Business Week

(image: Business Week)



That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.

Written by Tiago Veloso

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