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.”
And we hope you enjoy today’s picks:
California Waterscape (1979) | The California Water Atlas
Hydrologic Balance for California (1979) | The California Water Atlas
Measured and Unimpaired Streamflows (1979) | The California Water Atlas
Crop Patterns and Applied Water (1979) | The California Water Atlas
The Kingdom of Scotland (1676) | John Speed
(Via Rare Maps)
German Pacific Colonies (1915) | New York Times
Heraldic Tree of Lothringen (c1720) | Tobias Lotter
Fun map of Southern California (1935) | Raymond Winters
Population of Manhattan (1923) | Popular Science
Stage’s own 1935 map of the Summer theatres (1935) | Millard Mullin
Map of the World (1775) | Tobias Lotter
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)
(Via JF Ptak Science Books)
Supervue of New York City (1937) | Samuel Freedman
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.