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More fantastic examples of how information was visualized 'in the old days'

January 14, 2013

Last week, we presented here a new weekly series of posts with examples of vintage information designs, including, charts, diagrams, maps and other visual goodies from decades – and centuries – ago. Although many were created around scientific subjects, you’ll see that the use of visual information was much more spread that you might imagine.

Here’s today’s selection:


The Solar System (1913)

(image: Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas)

(Via prof. Michael Stoll’s Flickr)

Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge (1935)

(image: Science and Mechanics, 1935)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Sarajevo before World War I (1905)

1905 Baedekers tourist’s map of the city of Serajevo

(Via First World War)

San Francisco Historical Creek Map (1890s)

San Francisco Historical Creek Map

(Via Oakland Museum of California)

Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica (1661)

(image: Andreas Cellarius, 1661)

(Via Wikimedia)

Occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia (1900)

(image: Prof. W.E.B. Du Bois and students, 1900)

(Via All my eyes)

Pendulum measuring (1718)

(image: Johann Leonhard Rost,1718)

(Via BibliOdissey)

Be on guard (1921)

(image: Dimitri Moor, 1921)

(Via Daily Mail)

And last week’s selection:

A Map of Physics (1939)

(A 1939 Map of Physics)

(Via Strange Maps)

China as the centre of the world (1602)

(Created created in 1602 by Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci)

(Via the Daily Mail)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes (1931)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes, published on Science and Mechanics magazine, 1935

(Via Modern Mechanix)

A Chronological Chart of the Visions of Daniel and John (1842)

Printed by Joshua Himes in 1842

(Seen on Visual Complexity)

Munster’s Map of the World (1544)

Originally published in Münster’s edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia and in Münster’s masterwork, Cosmographia in 1544.

(Via Florida History)

The World’s tallest buildings (1884)

Published by George F. Cram in Cram’s Unrivaled Family Atlas of the World, Chicago IL. Lithograph color print.

(Via Retronaut)

The wonders within your head (1938)

Look magazine, 1938

(Via Paul Carrington’s Flickr)

Inside the Earth (1863)

Earth cutaway (1863)

(Via El Biblionata on Flickr.)

How whiskey is distilled (1942)

Hiram Walker’s whiskey distillery, from Forbes magazine (1942)

(Via Infographics Showcase)

London Underground tube map (1910)

London Underground tube map, 1910

(Found on Mike Yashworth’s Flickr)


As usual, you’re invited to send us your suggestions through Twitter and Facebook.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.