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Vintage Infodesign [135]

A glimpse at the origins and history of cartography and visualization

October 19, 2015

Last week – more specifically, last Friday – we mentioned the 10th anniversary of Manuel Lima’s VisualComplexity.com. The project came to an end, after featuring 1000 network visualizations – the work that laid the ground for Manuel’s first book, “Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of information“. In case you missed Manuel’s post explaining his decision, and get to know a bit more about the evolution of VisualComplexity.com, you can read it here.

Related to his second book (“The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge“), Manuel shared on Twitter (@mslima), a couple of days ago, a few high-res vintage tree images, and we picked two of those, by biologist Ernst Haeckel, to open today’s post:

The Pedigree of Man (1887) | Ernst Haeckel

(image: Ernst Haecke)

(Via Manuel Lima on Twitter)

Evolutionary tree (1866) | Ernst Haeckel

(image: Ernst Haecke)

(Via Manuel Lima on Twitter)

Map of Chicago Zoological Park (1935) | Chicago Zoological Park

(image: Chicago Zoological Park)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

US Financial Impact on the World (1929) | The Nation

(image: The Nation)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

Red Star rising (1946) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Map of Guyana (1598) | Jodocus Hondiuss

(image: Jodocus Hondiuss)

(Via Wikipedia)

The Air Ocean (1944) | American Airlines

(image: American Airlines)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

US opinion on Russia (1945) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Map of the cosmos (1552) | Jollain/De Jode

(image: Jollain/De Jode)

(Via A History of graphic Design)

A pictorial map of that portion of New York City known as Manhattan (1939) | Ernest Dudley Chase

(image: Ernest Dudley Chase)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Map of Africa (1787) | Samuel Boulton

(image: Samuel Boulton)

(Via Wikipedia)

Communists in America, State by State (1952) | 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.

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