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The beautiful 1979' California Water Atlas , plus the usual visual feast of old maps, charts and infographics

July 13, 2015

Normally, we bring together in this space examples of charts maps and graphic representations of information dated pre-1960. But in these times when the issue of water management and consumption is so urgent, we decided to make an exception, and open today’s Vintage InfoDesign with a few visualizations from the California Water Atlas.

When published in 1979, several science journals considered it as a major reference work surrounding the topic of water management in California. The original work was a collaborative effort involving many individuals in and outside the state government, including William A. Bowen, Cartography Team Director, Marlyn L. Shelton, Research Team Director, and David L. Fuller and Donald A. Ryan, as Principal Cartographers; and many others who contributed to the project.

In 2010, the book was scanned and put online for free public access by the David Rumsey Map Collection. And how cool and great it is, to see the Cartography Team Director William A. Bowen express his appreciation for making this work available, in the comments section: “When the state destroyed all the artwork many years ago, I thought that our efforts would be lost to posterity. It is a great treat for me to see my efforts resurrected and made available to a much larger audience.”

You can find several hardcover copies for sale over at Amazon, and explore the entire work at Archive.org and at the David Rumsey Map Collection.

And we hope you enjoy today’s picks:

California Waterscape (1979) | The California Water Atlas

(image: The California Water Atlas)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Hydrologic Balance for California (1979) | The California Water Atlas

(image: The California Water Atlas)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Measured and Unimpaired Streamflows (1979) | The California Water Atlas

(image: The California Water Atlas)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Crop Patterns and Applied Water (1979) | The California Water Atlas

(image: The California Water Atlas)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The Kingdom of Scotland (1676) | John Speed

(image: John Speed)

(Via Rare Maps)

German Pacific Colonies (1915) | New York Times

(image: New York Times)

(Via)

Heraldic Tree of Lothringen (c1720) | Tobias Lotter

(image: Tobias Lotter)

(Via)

Fun map of Southern California (1935) | Raymond Winters

(image: Raymond Winters)

(Via David Rumsey Maps Collection)

Population of Manhattan (1923) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

(Via Discovering NYC on Twitter)

Stage’s own 1935 map of the Summer theatres (1935) | Millard Mullin

(image: Millard Mullin)

(Via)

Map of the World (1775) | Tobias Lotter

(image: Tobias Lotter)

(Via Wikimedia)

The trip around the world: geographical parlor game for entertainment and education (1860)

The trip around the world: geographical parlor game for entertainment and education (1860)

(Via Rare Maps)

Civil War in America (1861) | Read & Co./Harrison (Captain)

(image: Read & Co./Harrison (Captain))

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

Supervue of New York City (1937) | Samuel Freedman

(image: Samuel Freedman)

(Via David Rumsey Maps Collection)

 

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.

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