Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Charts From The 1800's Census Compiled Into A Handsome Atlas

As a crime analyst, I spend a lot of time creating charts and graphs. With tools like Microsoft Excel, it's pretty easy to create a legible chart with just a few clicks of the mouse. I'm always impressed with charts and graphs that folks made in the days before computers, those they made with pen and paper.

The Atlantic Cities had an interesting piece about a website that highlights some really great Census charts from the 1800's. The site by Jonathan Soma is called A Handsome Atlas.
Soma unearthed the Atlases by chance. While researching the spread of Chinatowns in New York City, he discovered a trove of maps and charts in a musty backroom of the Library of Congress web site. "Originally I was hoping to do some data visualizations with really old census stuff," he says. "But then I stumbled upon all of these amazing ones that had already been done."
Via The Atlantic Cities 
The site has some great visualizations of 1800's era data. Imagine how much effort went into creating these graphs.

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