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Vintage Infodesign [145]

Statistical diagrams, maps and charts from the early 1900s, and more!

January 18, 2016

Once in while, we use this space dedicated to old maps, charts, diagrams and graphics, to highlight a specific book or publication. And for today’s Vintage InfoDesign we picked one of the most impressive – and yet, never featured by us – statistics books of the early 1900s: The Atlas of the World’s Commerce, another one of the masterpieces available at the David Rumsey Map Collection website.

Published in 1907, by London-based “George Newnes, Ltd” and edited by J. G. Bartholomew, this was a “path breaking statistical atlas of world commerce, using imaginatively formatted maps and diagrams to show the immense growth and pattern of international trade at the beginning of the 20th century.”

We picked a couple of those diagrams and graphics to open this selection, followed by a series of other vintage visual goodies found online. Hope you enjoy!

Atlas of the World Commerce (1907) | J. G. Bartholomew

(image: J. G. Bartholomew | Atlas of the World Commerce)
(image: Text and Statistical Diagram: Commercial Growth of Nations | J. G. Bartholomew | Atlas of the World Commerce)
(image: Natural Vegetation & Ocean Currents. Forms of Cultivation. Temperature of Ocean Surface | J. G. Bartholomew | Atlas of the World Commerce)
(image: Statistical Diagram: International Shipping | J. G. Bartholomew | Atlas of the World Commerce)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The relative distribution of men of talent in the larger cities (1908) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

(Via Slate)

Japanese Sugoroku Pictorial Map of the World (1926)

(image: Japanese Sugoroku Pictorial Map of the World (1926))

(Via Rare Maps)

World – Population, Occupations and Climate (1923) | Institute of Social and Religious Research

(image: Institute of Social and Religious Research)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Naryshkin family tree (c1700)

(image: Naryshkin family tree (c1700))

(Via Wikimedia)

Plan of the attack of the Forts Clinton & Montgomery (1777) | John Hills, William Faden

(image: John Hills, William Faden)

(Via US Library of Congress)

The Garden of Mathematical Sciences (1670) | Francesco Curti

Francesco Curti (Italian, 1603–1670)
Garden of Mathematical Sciences, 17th century
Italian,
(image: Francesco Curti)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

Southern Norway (1911) | Emery Walker

(image: Emery Walker)

(Via Wikimedia)

The world’s globe circler (1890) | New York World

(image: New York World)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

A New Map of Egypt (1805) | John Cary

(image: John Cary)

(Via Rare Maps)

Detailed Map of West Point on the York River (1781)

(image: Detailed Map of West Point on the York River (1781))

(Via World Digital Library)

Chinese acupuncture chart (c1600)

(image: Chinese acupuncture chart (c1600))

(Via Wikimedia)

 

That’s it for today’s Vintage InfoDesign! We’ll return 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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