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)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(A 1939 Map of Physics)

(Via Strange Maps)

London’s cholera map (1854) | John Snow

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:John Snow,1854 )

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

The Moral Map of the United States (1854)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Ptak Science Books,1854)

(Via Ptak Science Books)

United States and Great Britain in the World (1946)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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

(Via Brainpickings)

The Netherlands as a Lion (1611)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Jodocus Hondius, 1611)

(Via Blue Monocle)

Voyage au Rayaume de Galanterie (1652)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Delphine Denis,1652)

(Via Erudit)

Map of predominating sex (1872) | Francis Amasa Walker

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Francis Amasa Walker ,1872)

(Via Mapping the Nation)

The Solar System (1913)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas)

(Via prof. Michael Stoll’s Flickr)

China as the centre of the world (1602)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(Created in 1602 by Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci)

(Via the Daily Mail)

Depthscrapers defy Earthquakes (1931)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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 data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

Printed by Joshua Himes in 1842

(Via Visual Complexity)

Munster’s Map of the World (1544)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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 data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

Look magazine, 1938

(Via Paul Carrington’s Flickr)

Inside the Earth (1863)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

Earth cutaway (1863)

(Via El Biblionata on Flickr.)

Old Age Rejuvenator Centrifuge (1935)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Science and Mechanics, 1935)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Sarajevo before World War I (1905)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

1905 Baedekers tourist’s map of the city of Serajevo

(Via First World War)

San Francisco Historical Creek Map (1890s)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

San Francisco Historical Creek Map

(Via Oakland Museum of California)

Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica (1661)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Andreas Cellarius, 1661)

(Via Wikimedia)

Occupation of Negroes and Whites in Georgia (1900)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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

(Via All my eyes)

Pendulum measuring (1718)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Johann Leonhard Rost,1718)

(Via BibliOdissey)

Be on guard (1921)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Dimitri Moor, 1921)

(Via Daily Mail)

Rise of agricultural production, 1956-1960 (1982)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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

(Via Ripetungi)

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

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Popular Science,1940)

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Magellanica (1616) | Petrus Bertius

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Petrus Bertius,1616 )

(Via Strange Maps)

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

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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

(Via BibliOdissey)

Space Patrol (1851) | Frank Tinsley

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Frank Tinsley, 1851 )

(Via James Vaughan on Flickr)

The House of Lords (1848) | The Guardian

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:The Guardian, 1848)

(Via The Guardian Data Blog)

Wound Man (c. 1400s)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Wound Man,c. 1400s )

(Via Wellcome Library)

Pantograph (c. 1800s)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Pantograph,c. 1800s )

(Via The Canadian Centre for Architecture)

Internal Ear (1908)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Internal Ear,1908 )

(Via Sue Clark’s Flickr)

How to Know Your Guided Missiles (1950)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Popular Science,1950 )

(Via Modern Mechanix)

Early Apollo Concept (1962) | Fortune Magazine

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image:Fortune Magazine,1962 )

(Via James Vaughan on Flickr)

Night-Club Map of Harlem (1932)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

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

(Via Strange Maps)

Geomancy Almanac (1552)

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(image: Geomancy Almanac,1552 )

(Via BibliOdissey)

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

Vintage data visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

(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.