History Archive:

PopChartLab created this compendium of audio recording and playing devices over time. It’s pretty comprehensive. However, I think PopChartLab is on the verge of becoming the Buzzfeed of infocharts: pointless compiled lists of cartoonized objects. Cocktail Chart of Film and Literature?!? Fictional Beers?!? Nebula of NES Games?!  Shark jumped.

Going back to the original topic: am I the only who occasionally calls his iPod a “walkman”?

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Nicely done. I suspect some people might think that London is given credit for more than it deserves.

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Pretty crazy how many changes happened in the last 1000 years, compared to the (relative) stability of recent history.

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In: History Maps

21 Aug 2013

I like these vintage history maps. They are nice and information dense, and you can almost smell your old school when you look at them.

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Below is the hard to find “Histomap of Religion” which recently sold online for $405.

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Here’s the 1881 “Synchronological Chart of Universal History” which is one of the best chart titles of all time, and stretched 23 feet long.

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Ok, it’s from 1885, but have things really changed much?

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Nice work by Bill Rankin over at Radial Cartography. He tries to map out lands that were really uninhabited prior to discovery. You’ll notice they were mostly small islands.

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If you like maps and haven’t browsed that site before, you should. Lots of cool projects:

A table of projections:

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Comparison of subways in the USA:

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Make a personalized celestial calendar:

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I came across this interesting map of 1888 horsedrawn streetcars in Washington DC:

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Not entirely difference from the location accurate version of the modern subway map:

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Of course, a more accurate comparison is probably to a modern bus map. but they are so busy:

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DC is scheduled to re-introduce streetcars in 2013/14, starting with a small run along H Street SE.

An absurdly detailed map of Brooklyn color-coded by the age of the buildings.

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Meteorite fireballs witnessed from 1913. I’m not sure what is gained by putting this on a map. Also, since this is just eyewitness accounts, it suffers from population density bias.

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A trip down time-wasting memory lane.

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A wonderful interactive timeline of legislation, rulings, and events related to domestic surveillance in the United States. You can drill down into each event for an explanation, and links to primary sources (like the full text of legislation, etc).

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Things have changed quite a bit, but is anyone (including the children) happier or better off?

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