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Infographic masters National Geographic to release mammoth book of stunning graphics from the last 128 years

National Geographic have a long history of churning out stunning infographics. In its early days of publication (which began in 1888), it was too slow and costly to send photographers around the world to capture images that you would commonly find in the magazines today, so they opted to delve into the world of information graphics instead.

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Infographic masters National Geography to release mammoth book of stunning graphics from the last 128 years of the magazine’s production.

As a result, the publication have a mammoth archive of graphics detailing everything from the chronology of expeditions to the history of skis.

“In the first magazine, the first images that appear there are drawings. They wanted to use maps from the very beginning, because that was how they could tell people about their expeditions,” says Julius Wiedemann, an editor at Taschen who recently combed through 128 years of National Geographic’s design archives to make selections for a new anthology – National Geographic Infographics – which comes out later in the week.

Check out some of the incredible infographics below.

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Read the full feature via Wired – really interesting stuff.