|1938 Crams floor globe 16 inch|
I was hooked on globes from that moment on, I remember I bought this globe early in the day of what was an all day finger lakes region antiques shopping trip, but I could not wait for the day to be over, and get home so that I could study this globe more.
I studied this globe I learned all I could about the maker ( Crams) as well as when it was made. I was able to date it by the European geography, this globe is indeed a snapshot of time it depicts an annexed Austria, as well as an annexed Czechoslovakia but a free Poland. That puts it's manufacture after September 1938 but before Winter 1939 So I call it a 1938 or is it an early 1939 either way it shows Americas view of a world on the brink of war before our active involvement. What would a German globe from 1939 look like?.... Here is a close up of Europe: late 1938
|Europe on the brink of war.|
This globe got me hooked, but I'll tell you I could not have become a real globe enthusiast shopping for antique globes the way I found this one. This globe was a fluke I was in the right place at the right time, because in 7 more years of antique stores, estate sales, and flea markets, I have seen precious few globes that I would consider collector quality. The Internet enables this hobby. I have had interesting conversations with another collector about the Internet, and we have both come to the conclusion that amassing a collection of globes would take an unbelievable amount of work and time without the Internet.
In my next post I want to explore globes on the Internet specifically Ebay.
as always, comment, discuss, disagree with me! all are welcome!