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East Wall, Left Globe Case

Chas. W. Holbrook's Twelve inch Globe Containing the Latest Political Divisions, And Ocean Currents. Revised to Date. Holbrook, Chas. W. Hartford: 1890
Interesting iron stand that reflects the influence of the late 19th century “industrial modern” style on globe design. Globe shows isothermal lines and currents.
Loring's Celestial Globe Containing all the known Stars, Nebulae &c. Loring, Josiah. Boston: 1833
Shows stars of magnitudes 1 to 9 and nebulae. Accompanies the 1833 Terrestrial 12" globe. Four legged table model with horizon ring.
Rand, McNally & Co.'s New Eight-Inch Terrestrial Globe. Rand McNally and Company. Chicago: 1909
This eight inch globe was first issued in 1891. With an original, unusual "industrial" style stand of heavy twisted wire.
De Elsevier - Globe Naar De Nieuwste Bronner Bewerkt Onder Toezight Van Dr. G. J. Dozy. Dozy, Dr. G. J. Rotterdam: 1881
Collapsible umbrella type globe with case. This was a "Gratis - Premie" or a gift to accompany the book of journeys and discoveries by Jules Verne, adapted for Dutch readers by Dozy, and published by Elsevier. The wooden case has "De Elsevier Globe" printed on the sides and top.
Joslin's Six Inch Terrestrial Globe, Containing the Latest Discoveries. Joslin, Gilman. Boston: [1870]
The full color 6 inch globe is undated - the date is estimated from the presence of Alaska (1867). Oregon Territory is not shown (it is shown on the 1860 issue), and New Holland is removed from Australia.

Joslin's Handbook to the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes.  Gilman Joslin.  Boston: [1870]

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.