The terrestrial globe in calibrated chromed half meridian, raised on a chromed rounded airplane-form base. The globe has black oceans, with geographic entities in various bright colors. Features shown on the globe, as indicated in the key, include capitals and cities, railroads, steamship lines, canals, mountain peaks. Early examples show Manchuria (rather than Manchukuo), indicating a date after 1945 and “Palestine (Br. Mand.)” indicating a date before 1948. Later examples, from 1948 on, show Israel. Some show French “Indo-China,” indicating a date before 1955. On later examples, Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo is still shown, indicating a date up to 1966.
Aviation and travel themes frequently appear on globes manufactured in the mid 20th century, reflecting the popular interest in the dramatic progress of air travel. Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) became an American hero when he flew from New York to Paris in 1927. Other landmark flights by such figures as Amelia Earhart also generated huge publicity and acclaim. During World War II, faster and more versatile aircraft developed, and afterwards air travel across and between continents expanded rapidly. In the late 1950s, the space race also fueled an interest in aviation, especially among young people to whom many of these globes were marketed.
Weber Costello began producing black ocean globes with airplane-form bases prior to World War II. The globe, issued from the 1930s to the early 1940s, had geographic entities in muted yellow and cream tones, and the airplane base was geometric with Art Deco stylization. Another model of black ocean airplane-form base globe, issued by Weber Costello first about 1945, and popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, had more brightly colored geographic entities, and the airplane base was more rounded, with broader wings. With the current interest in Modernist decor, these vintage globes are enjoying renewed popularity.
For more information on Weber Costello, please see our Guide to Globe Makers.
Circular Cartouche: “12/PEERLESS/ WEBER/ COSTELLO/ CO./ CHICAGO HEIGHTS ILLINOIS”
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and wear. Few minor abrasions restored. Stand with only minor light oxidation.