This acquisition continues my trend of buying small, becoming a necessity as space is coming at a premium these days. But I must say for a small package you could scarcely find a more elegant presentation. This example is nicely preserved, a bit dirty especially in the northern hemisphere, and with a bit of wear to the base all in all a nice presentation. In fact this globe shows the correct and expected wear that suggests that nobody has tried their hand at armature cleaning or restoration, and that's a great thing!!
This globe presents a simplified map surface that makes dating this globe particularly difficult, Congo Free State is delineated in Africa, although not named, no state boarders are shown in America so my best guess is that this globe came into existence after 1885, but probably before 1895. Here is a great link to another example of this globe at the : Boston Public Library They seem to think it's 1870's I think that's a bit optimistic. Six inch globes that early probably would have had a stained wood base not an ebonized one.
You know Joslin was one of those east coast firms that fizzled out after the turn of the century. Beaten by the Chicago upstarts and their fresher take on the manufacturing/ marketing process As well as stiff price competition, Schedler was another victim of the juggernaut that was the Chicago based firms. Below I have assembled a shot of this Joslin globe and a Rand McNally school globe also from the same time period. The Joslin globe was about five dollars, and the Rand McNally was about 1/2 that price. If you are a school district, or for that matter a parent it's hard to justify paying double for the Joslin when the Rand McNally was perfectly serviceable. You know there is quite a story to be told about the American globe makers move from the east coast to Chicago, a microcosm of manufacturing trends in the late 18th century, fodder for another blog post for sure..........
|Joslin globe on left, Rand McNally on right, both 6 inches|