A Vintage Infographic of the Human Brain: The Wonders Within Your Head (1938)

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From the Decem­ber 6, 1938 issue of LOOK mag­a­zine comes this vin­tage “info­graph­ic” show­ing “The Won­ders With­in Your Head.” It takes the human brain/head and presents it as a series of rooms, each car­ry­ing out a dif­fer­ent func­tion. Drawn a lit­tle more than a decade after Calvin Coolidge famous­ly declared “The busi­ness of Amer­i­ca is busi­ness,” it’s not sur­pris­ing that the cog­ni­tive func­tions are depict­ed in cor­po­rate or indus­tri­al terms.

Besides for this visu­al­iza­tion, the same edi­tion of LOOK fea­tured arti­cles on Jean Har­low, Joan Craw­ford, Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt, and the Tragedy of the Euro­pean Jews. Kristall­nacht, or the “Night of Bro­ken Glass,” had tak­en place a month before in Nazi Ger­many — anoth­er sign that the world was about to become a very, very dark place.

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