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Graphics and maps from the early days of print media - plus hand-coloured WWII maps and more

September 14, 2015

The book Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945, by the principal archivist at London Metropolitan Archives Laurence Ward, was published recently by Thames & Hudson, to mark the 75th anniversary of the blitz that pushed the city to its limits during the Second World War.

Included in the book is a set of 110 hand-colored maps – back then, the devastation was documented by the architect’s department of London County Council – , a meticulous work by Mr Ward that was highlighted by The Guardian a few days back, and with which we open today’s Vintage InfoDesign.

Following those, an assorted mix of graphics and charts, including some from publications such as The Seattle Times, Scientific American, the New York Tribune, Popular Science Monthly, Popular Mechanics and Fortune magazine. A real trip to the past of information graphics in print.

Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945 | Laurence Ward/Thames & Hudson

(image: Laurence Ward/Thames & Hudson)
(image: Laurence Ward/Thames & Hudson)
(image: Laurence Ward/Thames & Hudson)

(Via The Guardian)

The Earth’s crust (1851) | Krais & Hoffman

(image: Krais & Hoffman)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Knots and Splices (1871) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

The United States of America (1942) | Miguel Covarrubias

(image: Miguel Covarrubias)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

A new map of Portugal (1687) | Robert Morden

(image: Robert Morden)

(Via Rare Maps)

Russian subs in range to hurt US cities (1959) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Zoological Chart of the World (1854) | Adam & Charles Black

(image: Adam & Charles Black)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Foreigner arrivals in Cuba (1949) | Gerardo Canet, Erwin Raisz

(image: Gerardo Canet, Erwin Raisz)

(Via Making Maps)

NCC-1701 Rotating Dirigible Hangar (1935) | Popular Science Monthly

(image: Popular Science Monthly)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

A Cow pokes map of black Hills and his round up (1937) | Frank Dier

(image: Frank Dier)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The present field of operations (1862) | New York Tribune

(image: New York Tribune)

(Via Civil War Scholars)

Atomic Bomb for War, Atomic Bomb for Peace (1945) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

A Time Table (1868) | Samuel Augustus Jr. Mitchell

(image: Samuel Augustus Jr. Mitchell)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Seattle’s annexation history (1944) | The Seattle Times

(image: The Seattle Times)

(Via Paul Dorpat)

A Socialistic USA? (1949) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)


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.