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More examples of persuasive cartography, diagrams and charts from before 1960

September 12, 2016

A recurrent topic here on Vintage InfoDesign is “persuasive cartography” – the use of maps to influence and in many cases, deceive. We showcased examples of these maps here and here, with a special mention to the PJ Mode Collection at Cornell University Library. The collection was donated to Cornell back in 2014, and until now more than 300 examples are available online in high resolution.

A must for all of those interested in the subject, and we picked a few examples to open this post, courtesy of Allison Meier, who published a rente article about the PJ Mode Collection over at Hyperallergic.

Carriers of the new black plague (1938) | William H. Cotton

(image: William H. Cotton)

(Via HyperAllergic and PJ Mode Collection)

World map of major tropical diseases (1944) | LIFE magazine

(image: LIFE magazine)

(Via HyperAllergic and PJ Mode Collection)

A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia (1904) | Kisaburō Ohara

(image: Kisaburō Ohara)

(Via HyperAllergic and PJ Mode Collection)

Roseburg Quadrangle, Oregon, Land Classification and Density of Standing Timber (1900) | U.S. Geological Survey

(image: U.S. Geological Survey)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Corn Kernel (1943) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Map of Bogotá (1890) | Agustín Codazzi, Manuel María Paz

(image: Agustín Codazzi, Manuel María Paz)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The house (1905) | George Morrow

(image: George Morrow)

(Via Fulltable)

System of the Interior or Empyrean Heaven (1794) | Ebenezer Sibly

(image: Ebenezer Sibly)

(Via Rare Maps)

Height of mountains outside Europe (1834) | Johann Georg Heck

(image: Johann Georg Heck)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The Progress of Our Population (1860) | The New York Times

(image: The New York Times)

(Via Above Chart)

Jewish population worldwide (1926) | Davis Trietsch

(image: Davis Trietsch)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

U.S. Public health service (1938) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Isochronic Distance Map and Chart (1889) | John G. Batholomew

(image: John G. Batholomew)

(Via JF Ptak Science)

Land utilization on the Malayan Peninsular and Singapore (1953) | National Archive of Singapore

(image: National Archive of Singapore)


Map of Greece (1942) | Greek Office of Information

(image: Greek Office of Information)

(Via Rare Maps)

Population accurately measured (1883) | The New York Herald

(image: The New York Herald)

(Via Above Chart)

Observation car (1917) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)


And we’re done for today! 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.