Thursday, August 25, 2016

Globe ephemera wanted.......!!!

Ok  I'm probably the only person your going to find who gets excited about these things, but that's alright, the rest of you just don't know what your missing,  and that's good for me!   I LOVE globe ephemera, that is items that accompanied globes or advertised globes, think trade cards ( I missed a killer trade card on eBay recently)  ads for globes, sales brochures, catalogs, globe manuals and all of those other paper items that went along with globes that all to often were just thrown out.
     Let me show a piece that did not get away :

 These photos are from a globe manual that accompanied the Rand McNally  Celestial globe and star finder.  A worthless booklet to 99.999% of the population , but priceless to those few persons who actually own the globe that this manual was originally paired with.  Would you beleive that this manual actually garnered a   " book review" in the journal of the Franklin institute in 1932 here is that link: Astronomy Made easy, book review   It is interesting to realize a bit of information from this review that is that Rand McNally introduced this line of celestial globes after a period of time when celestial globes had fallen out of favor. The review states that 4 versions of the 8 inch celestial globe and star finder were offered ranging in price from $12-$30.
     Well.... bottom line these tid bits such as this manual are important to collectors. I want to say that I am always looking for globe catalogs, manuals and advertising from major American globe makers such as Holbrook, Joslin, A. H. Andrews, Weber Costello, and of course Rand McNally if you have any of this material for sale please contact me directly and I think we could come to terms!

***UPDATE  8/30/16***   Just today I got my hands on an amazing little item, an original Rand McNally globe catalog from the early 1930's perhaps 1930 or 1931 here is a picture of the cover:

It's a great resource, some pages are even color, and it's interesting to see prices, and available items from that time period, for example they made a series of slated globes, but I've never seen one for sale.............humm..........

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