Statistical Atlas of the United States (1890)

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Published in 1898

Edited by Henry Gannett

130 plates in total

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The End of an Era

This atlas was created by Henry Gannett for the 1890 US Census. It is awesome. All of the ones after this, minus the one that shows up in the aughts, are pretty lame.

Gannett went on to be one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society, of which he served as president from 1910 until his death in 1914.

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Code Imitating Art

It’s all well and good to love visualizations from the past, but it’s another thing to bring them into the present. With the Ultimate Power of the Web! (and I’m not talking about A Handsome Atlas, either.) read more

Lapping Bar Graphs

What at first glance seems like a normal bar graph is in fact the Regional High School Champion of Bar Graph City. The bars for Nevada and Arizona reach the rightmost end of the chart, turn around, and start going back to the left! read more

You Should Get That Growth Looked At

It’s a neat idea, the mean center of population. As the population in the West grows, the center-point of America’s population creeps away from the East coast. read more

The Most Ridiculous Chart On Earth (In All History)

I have never seen anything more absurd than this chart’s color- and pattern-coding. Someone make a tie out of this, please. Two ties. Wallpaper! read more


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Love it. Where do we petition for these to be the new state flags?

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