even more 1940 census

Photo: 1940 Census publicity photo. Harry L. Hopkins Collection. FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

We continue to appreciate the historic release of 1940 Census records (particularly the Census worker pictured above who must be kind of hot). Continue reading

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geography of incarceration

Wow. This amazing Prison Map developed by NYU grad student Josh Begley offers a striking new perspective on one of the critical issues facing American government – mass incarceration. In the Atlantic Cities blog:

“A lot of times we’ll just use numbers to talk about this idea of mass incarceration,” Begley says, “and I thought that there maybe was something powerful about using no numbers, no words and just having the images.”

national parks: more fun, less money!

We plan to highlight an infographic that either uses government data to good effect or highlights some other aspect of bureauphilia. This week’s infographic highlights how the National Parks Service could advertise the use of national parks to save money on vacations. Click here to see the infographic. Hat tip to Infographics Only.

Poster designed by J. Hirt. 1939. Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, between 1936 and 1939. Library of Congress.