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Vintage Infodesign [125]

More examples of the ancient craft of information visualization

July 6, 2015

To open this week’s edition of Vintage InfoDesign, we picked some of the maps published in the 1800s/early 1900’s about the Battle of Waterloo . As we showed you before, on June 18th several newspapers marked with stunning pieces of infographic design the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s final attempt to rule Europe, and since we haven’t feature any “oldies” related to this topic, we thought it would be interesting to do some Internet “digging”.

Hope you enjoy our findings, and feel free to leave the links to other charts and maps about Waterloo, in the comments section.

The Battle of Waterloo (1905) | The Public Schools Historical Atlas

(image: The Public Schools Historical Atlas)

(Via Emerson Kent)

The Battle of Waterloo (1815) | L. Tyler

(image: L. Tyler)

(Via The Guardian)

The field of Waterloo (1854) | M.G. Cotton

(image: M.G. Cotton)

(Via The Guardian)

The battle of Waterloo – Plan of Brussels (1814)

(The battle of Waterloo – Plan of Brussels (1814)n)

(Via Wikimedia)

And now, more vintage information visualization:

The Commonwealth of Connecticut (1935) | Amy Drevenstedt

(image: Amy Drevenstedt)

(Via David Rumsey Maps Collection)

Magnae Britanniae Pars Septentrionalis (1710) | Johann Baptiste Homann

(image: The Seattle Times)

Magnae Britanniae Pars Septentrionalis (1710)

(Via Rare Maps)

Beach Pneumatic plan (1870) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via Wikimedia)

See Canada’s parks this summer (1935) | The Star Magazine

(image: The Star Magazine)

(Via David Rumsey Maps Collection)

M.A.Hanna & CO (1947) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

The Unique Map Of California (1885) | E. McD. Johnstone

(image: E. McD. Johnstone)

(Via David Rumsey Maps Collection)

Name your ticket Choose your Flight (1958) | American Airlines

(image: American Airlines)

(Via The Visual Primer of Advertising Cliches)

Ford T lubrication chart (1919) | Ford

Ford T lubrication chart (1919)

(Via Wikimedia)

Guide to the evergreen playground of western Washington (1935) | The Seattle Times

(image: The Seattle Times)

(Via David Rumsey Maps Collection)

What Europe Can Teach Us About Patents (1930) | Popular Science

(image: Popular Science)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Official Map Of American And Canadian Airways And Aerial Mail Routes (1919) | NOAA Historical Map Collection

(image: NOAA Historical Map Collection)

(Via Vintage Visualizations)

Fermi–Szilard “neutronic reactor” patent (1944) | Leo Szilard

(image: Leo Szilard)

(Via Wikipedia)


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.