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Check out the first round up of the year, with two dozens of old maps, diagrams and charts

January 16, 2017

Another year that begins, and so it’s time to kick off a fresh new season of data visualization galore here on Visualoop, starting with this first round up of vintage maps, infographics, diagrams and charts. And being the first post of the new year, we’re featuring almost twice the number of early-days examples that we normally do -so get ready to be overwhelmed by the elegance, detail and overall quality of the works – remember, no computers, no Internet, all drawn by hand.

Among the sources for today’s selection, a special mention to the book “Look Inside“, a magnificent effort by the 5W Infographics dynamic duo, Juan and Samuel Velasco, compiling cutaway illustrations dating back centuries.

Other works come from online galleries, such as the David Rumsey Map Collection, the World Digital Library and the PJ Mode Collection, as well as from blogs specialized in the topic, like JF Ptak’s Science Books blog.

Overall, a quick dive into data visualization history with a lot to explore.

Airview of San Francisco showing trafficways (1948) | San Francisco Dept. of City Planning

(image: San Francisco Dept. of City Planning)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

German Concentration Camps (1944) | CIA

(image: CIA)

(Via CIA on Flickr)

The Flight of Charles A. Lindbergh (1927) | Amy Drevenstedt

(image: Amy Drevenstedt)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

The American Pope (1894) | Udo J. Keppler

(image: Udo J. Keppler)

(Via PJ Mode Collection)

US Elections results (1896) | The New York Times

(image: The New York Times)

(Via Computerworld)

The Russian Front in review (1942) | CIA

(image: CIA)

(Via CIA on Flickr)

Map of Warsaw (1772) | Giovanni Antonio Rizzi-Zannoni

(image: Giovanni Antonio Rizzi-Zannoni)

(Via are Rare Maps)

Pacific Rule Threatens Peace (1940) | Baltimore American

(image: Baltimore American)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Map of America (1876) | Grand atlas classique de Géographie Moderne

(image: Grand atlas classique de Géographie Moderne)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

The Man of Commerce (1889) | Land & River Improvement Company of Superior, Wisconsin

(image: Land & River Improvement Company of Superior, Wisconsin)

(Via World Digital Library)

New York: The Empire State (1939) | Mentholatum Company

(image: Mentholatum Company)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

87,545,000 Germans in Europe (1938) | Arnold Hillen Ziegfeld

(image: Arnold Hillen Ziegfeld)

(Via PJ Mode Collection)

Rocket Mail Delivery (1934) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

A Pictorial Map of Scenes in and around Army-Slang (1969) | Ernest Dudley Chase

(image: Ernest Dudley Chase)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

International Trade (1950) | CIA

(image: CIA)

(Via CIA on Flickr)

Imperial Airways (1938) | Imperial Airways

(image: Imperial Airways)

(Via National Geographic)

A Miniature Fighting Tank that Hurdles Trenches (1917) | Popular Mechanics

(image: Popular Mechanics)

(Via JF Ptak Science Books)

American Bases In the World (1951) | Parti Communiste Français

(image: Parti Communiste Français)

(Via PJ Mode Collection)

The World At One View (1852) | Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning

(image: Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning)

(Via David Rumsey Map Collection)

Great China Embracing the Kingdoms under Heaven (1818) | Xiling Zhu

(image: Xiling Zhu)

(Via World Digital Library)

Elephant Clock (1206) | Ismail Al-Jazari

(image: Ismail Al-Jazari)

(Via 5W Infographics)

Guet-Apens (1872) | André Gill

(image: André Gill)

(Via HyperAllegic and PJ Mode Collection)

Chinese picture of a recent battle (1894) | The Picture Magazine

(image: The Picture Magazine)

(Via Fulltable)

Map of United States Proposed National Highways System (1915) | National Highways Association

(image: National Highways Association)

(Via World Digital Library)


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.