Southwest Airlines Spirit
The World in His Hands
by Dan Morrison • August 2000
George Glazer in Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine

Photo by Randy Duchaine

Excerpts from the article, which appeared in Southwest Airlines' in-flight magazine:

"They sit on tables and under chairs. They're tucked on windowsills, perched in glass displays, and hanging from the ceilings: globes.

Welcome to the world of attorney-turned-professional-collector George Glazer. In his gallery on New York City's Upper East Side, you'll find in one small space what's likely to be the nation's largest collection of American globes. To say the room is chaotic and cluttered is an understatment. ...The place has the air of a wizard's den. Globes and beautiful pieces of art -- many related to globes -- are everywhere...

"Like most collectors, he sees globes as historical markers. 'The old globes freeze history at a certain period of time,' he says...

"Glazer's collection centers on globes made in this country. 'What I've done that nobody else has really done before is make a systematic study, a collection, a market for antique American globes themselves,' he says.

"...'There are a lot of people who want a globe because they like the way it looks, what it symbolizes,' says Glazer. 'It appeals to them for any number of reasons. A lot of people just buy a globe because they...have a place for it in their library...The serious collector is the person who accumulates prime examples of different periods that tell an entire story. It's a matter of opinion what drives a collector.'

""Globes simultaneous ties to science and art make the objects shine in collectors' eyes, says Glazer. 'Globes serve multiple purposes. They are partly maps. They're partly decorative art objects, partly scientific instruments.'

"America's spherical maps, for example, help tell the story of how the nation developed. They also tell much about the history of education, since most were made for that purpose, notes Glazer.

"...Glazer also has an eye for the unusual: a terrestrial globe that stands up; a French cigarette-lighter globe; and a globe that can be taken apart like a jigsaw puzzle. he even has an Emmy statuette, the winged angel holding aloft what appears to be an armillary. ('I don't think anybody famous won it,' he says.)

"...'What I've tried to do is specialize in globes to the extent of putting them together in a larger selection. I have a better selection of vintage American globes than nearly anybody.'"


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