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Globes, diagrams, infographics and maps from a pre-digital era

October 3, 2016

Among the most impressive early representations of our planet, globes fill a special place. The earliest terrestrial globe appeared in the 3rd century BC, in Greece, and they’ve survived throughout the ages, first as indispensable tools of research and education, and with time going mainstream to the point when, in the 1800s, small pocket globes were status symbols for gentlemen and educational toys for rich children. Today, globes of huge proportions are among the most well-known modern monuments, and can be found on countless buildings, as the true planetary icon.

In magazines and newspapers, globes have been also quite present, although not always with the purpose of educating. We begin this Vintage InfoDesign round up with a couple of images of globes used in ads and cartoons in print magazines, previously to 1960, found on that never-ending pit of wonder that it’s Chris Mullen’s website, The Visual Telling of Stories.

Figures are fighting on every front (1942) | Monroe

(image: Monroe)

(Via Fulltable)

Overseas trips (1949) | Chase National

(image: Chase National)

(Via Fulltable)

Britannia scrubbing the Globe (1893) | The Picture Magazine

(image: The Picture Magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

And here are all the other vintage goodies:

Palaestina (1926) | Davis Trietsch

(image: Davis Trietsch)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The Daily Cost of War (1917) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

Japan in Asia (1941) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Cure by chemicals (1939) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Death in the US (1870) | Francis A. Walker

(image: Francis A. Walker)

(Via ZDnet)

Planetary Machines (1820) | Abraham Rees

(image: Abraham Rees)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

Allied military topographic map of Singapore (1945) | Survey Production Centre Southeast Asia

(image: Survey Production Centre Southeast Asia)

(Via NAS Map Collection)

Bay of Cadiz (1584) | Abraham Ortelius

(image: Abraham Ortelius)

(Via Rare Maps)

Planispheres Celeste (1705) | Nicolas de Fer

(image: Nicolas de Fer)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The Three Roads to Eternity (1825) | François Georgin

(image: François Georgin)

(Via PJ Mode Collection | Hyperallergic)

P. Mc.D. Collins’ Proposed Overland Telegraph (1864) | William H. Seward

(image: William H. Seward)

(Via Rare Maps)

Transactions on the New York stock exchange (1933) | The New York Times

(image: The New York Times)

(Via Priceonomics)


That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back very soon with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.-infographics/” target=”_blank”>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.