East Wall, Left Globe Case
Joslin's Handbook to the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. Gilman Joslin. Boston: 
In the 19th century and earlier, globes were considered scientific instruments and were used to teach students how to solve problems of astronomy. This booklet combines that function with several pages of advertisements for globes.
How to Use Globes in the School and Family. F.C. Brownell. Chicago: 1881
Another example of a globe teaching booklet, containing problems for students to solve and a catalog of globes offered by the A.H. Andrews Company of Chicago.
Today we think of old globes as decorative antiques, but in their day they were practical scientific tools used for teaching and study. A possible exception to this were the very small three inch globes which were created more for novelty and decoration. Globes appeared in schools, businesses, and homes. The early globes were covered with paper engraved gores, generally twelve to a globe, hand colored. Later globes were printed on plastic, cloth, or metal.