A Handsome Atlas

The Amazing and Incredible Statistical Atlases of the United States of America compiled in the final decades of The Nineteenth Century.” Amazingly and incredibly beautiful replications of infographics. A fantastic website as well, letting you zoom in and out to see the minutia or get the big picture. They’re all from the Library of Congress’ online archive.

Below is just a small sample of the “Chart Showing the Ratio of Church Accommodation to the Total Population over 10 Years of Age with the Proportion of Such Church Accommodation Furnished by Each of the Largest Four Denominations within Each State and by Each of the Largest Eight Denominations within the United States.” It was “Compiled from the Social Statistics of the Ninth Census 1870 by Francis A. Walker.” Excellent exhaustive title and byline. I read one article that compared it to the squares of a quilt and another to squares of wool socks. It definitely has a look of fabric in the texture and slightly uneven lines.



The site was created by Jonathan Soma from Brooklyn Brainery.

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