Kansas City Star
"New World View"
By Stacy Downs
Sunday House & Home Section, November 12, 2006, pp. E1, E6
Detail of globe from George Glazer Gallery

Above: A black ocean globe with an airplane base from the George Glazer Gallery was shown as an example of a vintage globe.

George Glazer was quoted in the lead article in the Kansas City Star Sunday "House and Home" section about decorating with globes, and one of the gallery's black ocean globes with an airplane base illustrated the article.  Excerpts below:

There's a galaxy of globes out there. Celestial globes map stars and constellations.  Lunar globes depict the craters, seas and mountain ranges of Earth's moon.  Terrestrial globes, the most common type, represent the world's continents, countries and cities, All show places in small spheres, making them feel within reach.

"Globes symbolize possibilities," said Andy Newcom, Hallmark's home décor expert, who accessorizes his Kansas City house with globes.  "They signify seeing new places and things, and meeting new people." Newcom likes how globes look grouped on a shelf or table.  Their round shape unifies a collection, even though their styles and sizes may vary wildly...

"Manufacturers have definitely revived globes, making them more stylish in recent years," said George Glazer, a globe enthusiast who has a New York store specializing in old globes.  In the late 1950s globes became more utilitarian; desk globes were set on tin stands and floor globes looked like they belonged in a dusty library corner.

Glazer admires globes because they're useful scientific instruments.  If it's noon where you are, you can set a globe's time dial (the metal disc on top of a globe) to noon facing your global location.  The other numbers on the dial show what time it is around the world.

Glazer also appreciates the details of globes before World War II.  The former American globe manufacturer Weber Costello produced black-ocean globes with art deco chrome airplane bases.  The airplane globe reflected a fascination with aviation and travel, and featured principal railways, shipping lanes and short-wave radio stations.  Their sleekness complements modern décor…

Kansas City Star article

Above left, and right: Article as it appeared in the newspaper.

Kansas City Star article

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