This is a guest post by Tiago Veloso, the founder of Visual Loop, a collaborative digital environment for everything related to information design and data visualization. He lives in Brazil, and you can connect with him online on Twitter and LinkedIn.

If you follow us regularly on Visual Loop, you’ve probably noticed we like to featured not only modern interactive visualizations and infographics, but also examples from the past, from the time when  there were no computer softwares to help analyzing and designing and no Internet to access and share data.

Graphics, charts, diagrams and visual data representations have been published on books, newspapers and magazines since they exist, not to mention old maps and scientific illustrations, and despite the lack of tools such as the ones we have at our disposal nowadays, they are as inspiring and important as the best contemporary visualizations.

Showcasing vintage visualizations has become sort of a trend in major blogs, and we started, a few months back, a weekly series of posts with examples collected from the Internet- like the ones we bring you today:

 

A Map of Physics (1939)

A 1939 Map of Physics

(A 1939 Map of Physics)

(Via Strange Maps)

London’s cholera map (1854) | John Snow

Vintage Infographic John Snow's cholera map of Soho

(image:John Snow,1854 )

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

The Moral Map of the United States (1854)

Vintage Infographic The Moral Map of the United States (1854)

(image: Ptak Science Books,1854)

(Via Ptak Science Books)

United States and Great Britain in the World (1946)

Vintage Infographic United States and Great Britain in the World (1946)

(image:P. Sargant Florence and Lella Secor Florence,1946 )

(Via Brainpickings)

The Netherlands as a Lion (1611)

Vintage Infographic The Netherlands as a Lion (1611)

(image: Jodocus Hondius, 1611)

(Via Blue Monocle)

Voyage au Rayaume de Galanterie (1652)

Vintage Infographic Voyage au Rayaume de Galanterie (1652)

(image:Delphine Denis,1652)

(Via Erudit)

Map of predominating sex (1872) | Francis Amasa Walker

Vintage InfographicMap of predominating sex (1872)

(image:Francis Amasa Walker ,1872)

(Via Mapping the Nation)

The Solar System (1913)

Vintage infographic Das Sonnensystem

(image: Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas)

(Via prof. Michael Stoll’s Flickr)

China as the centre of the world (1602)

Ancient map showing China as centre of world goes on display

(Created in 1602 by Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci)

(Via the Daily Mail)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes (1931)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes

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

(Via Modern Mechanix)

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

Vintage infographic A Chronological Chart of the Visions of Daniel and John

Printed by Joshua Himes in 1842

(Via Visual Complexity)

Munster’s Map of the World (1544)

Munster's Map of the World

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)

Diagram of the Principal High Buildings of the Old World

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)

Vintage infographic  The wonders within your head

Look magazine, 1938

(Via Paul Carrington’s Flickr)

Inside the Earth (1863)

Vintage infographic   Coupe idéale de l'écorce solide du globe terrestre

Earth cutaway (1863)

(Via El Biblionata on Flickr.)

Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge (1935)

Vintage infographic  Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge

(image: Science and Mechanics, 1935)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Sarajevo before World War I (1905)

Vintage infographic Sarajevo before World War I

1905 Baedekers tourist’s map of the city of Serajevo

(Via First World War)

San Francisco Historical Creek Map (1890s)

Vintage infographic  San Francisco Historical Creek Map

San Francisco Historical Creek Map

(Via Oakland Museum of California)

Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica (1661)

Vintage infographic  Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica

(image: Andreas Cellarius, 1661)

(Via Wikimedia)

Occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia (1900)

Vintage infographic Occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia

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

(Via All my eyes)

Pendulum measuring (1718)

Vintage infographic  Pendulum measuring

(image: Johann Leonhard Rost,1718)

(Via BibliOdissey)

Be on guard (1921)

Vintage infographic  Be on guard!

(image: Dimitri Moor, 1921)

(Via Daily Mail)

Rise of agricultural production, 1956-1960 (1982)

Vintage Infographic Rise of agricultural production

(image:Rise of agricultural production,1956-1960 )

(Via Ripetungi)

Mobile Pill-Box Fortress Mounts Two Six-Inch Guns (1940)

Vintage Infographic Mobile Pill-Box Fortress Mounts Two Six-Inch Guns (1940)

(image: Popular Science,1940)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Magellanica (1616) | Petrus Bertius

Vintage Infographic Magellanica (1616)

(image:Petrus Bertius,1616 )

(Via Strange Maps)

The Moon’s Phases (c. 1840s) | Charles F Blunt

Vintage Infographic The Moon's Phases (c. 1840s)

(image:Charles F Blunt,c. 1840s )

(Via BibliOdissey)

Space Patrol (1851) | Frank Tinsley

Vintage Infographic Space Patrol (1851)

(image:Frank Tinsley, 1851 )

(Via James Vaughan on Flickr)

The House of Lords (1848) | The Guardian

Vintage Infographic 1948 Lords

(image:The Guardian, 1848)

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

Wound Man (c. 1400s)

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Wound Man (c. 1400s)

(image: Wound Man,c. 1400s )

(Via Wellcome Library)

Pantograph (c. 1800s)

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Pantograph (c. 1800s)

(image:Pantograph,c. 1800s )

(Via The Canadian Centre for Architecture)

Internal Ear (1908)

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Internal Ear (1908)

(image:Internal Ear,1908 )

(Via Sue Clark’s Flickr)

How to Know Your Guided Missiles (1950)

Vintage Infographic How to Know Your Guided Missiles (1950)

(image:Popular Science,1950 )

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Early Apollo Concept (1962) | Fortune Magazine

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Early Apollo Concept (1962)

(image:Fortune Magazine,1962 )

(Via James Vaughan on Flickr)

Night-Club Map of Harlem (1932)

Vintage Infographic Night-Club Map of Harlem (1932)

(image:Night-Club Map of Harlem,1932 )

(Via Strange Maps)

Geomancy Almanac (1552)

Vintage Infographic Geomantie

(image: Geomancy Almanac,1552 )

(Via BibliOdissey)

The book reader of the future (1935) | Everyday Science and Mechanics

Vintage Infographic The book reader of the future (1935)

(image: Everyday Science and Mechanics,1935 )

(Via Paleofuture)

 

Don’t forget to follow our weekly selection of vintage visual goodies at Visual Loop, and you might also like this Pinterest board about this topic.