Friday, December 28, 2012

A First.

This find was a bit of a surprise to me as a had never purchased one before: a vintage globe.  To be specific a Cram's Universal Terrestrial Globe, 9 inch, Indianapolis, Indiana.  I've always had a soft spot for vintage school items but at the time of purchase I wasn't exactly sure of how old it was.  I did note that the Soviet Union was in existence, but aside from that it was a shot in the dark.  All I know was that it was cool and only $3 so I could afford it.  Then after I came home I did some research.  The pleasant surprise I'm sure you all saw coming: I believe it dates to roughly 1949. 
You may be wondering how exactly I proceeded in dating it to that point.  It was a lengthy process of looking up multiple countries online to check and see when their time period of existence was.  I could have substituted it with merely googling "How to date a globe?" but at the time I was too excited.  None the less, I can't help but wish I had some more minor facts and check points while actually in the store...wandering around...pondering whether it was a good purchase.  Because had I not successfully talked myself into it, I would have regretted it.  Which is why I'm creating a mini blog within my blog post per say.
How to... Roughly Date a Globe:
Is Czechoslovakia present (Later Czech Republic)? 
How about the Soviet Union (Later Russia and other small countries)?
Is Germany separated into East and West?
          Pre-1990, Post-1949
          Unified in 1976, Separated 1954
Do you see the Tanganyika Territory in Africa?
          Pre- 1961
How about either French Equatorial Africa or French West Africa?
          Pre -1960
Is Anglo-Egyptian Sudan below Egypt?
          Pre - 1956
          Single country Pre-1953
Is there French Indochina where you would expect Vietnam and Cambodia?
          If so, Pre- 1949

In addition to it being some fun facts to everyone will also ensure I don't forget should I ever find a globe again as writing/typing things drills them into my memory.  Although these dates may not be completely exact, it was what I had found and can serve as a guideline. 

That's all for now folks.  Hopefully I'll be putting my new Christmas goodies up to share soon.  Happy thrifting everyone.   


  1. Thanks! That was really helpful. I just dated my globe to between 1949 and 1954. Love it!

    1. That's fantastic SusieQT, I'm glad it could be of use!


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