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1999, Shopping Feature, “George D. Glazer, Monsieur Univers,” Aladin Magazine

Aladin Magazine
“George D. Glazer: Monsieur Univers”
By Hélios Molina
February 1999
p. 13

Aladin, a French magazine for antiques enthusiasts, came to interview George about his gallery. The original article is in French. Below is an English translation:

George D. Glazer works on the second floor of an opulent building on the East side of Manhattan.

This former lawyer is THE American specialist in globes or world maps.

“Can you remind me of the name of your magazine? Do you have one with you?” George D. Glazer, a bit suspicious, does not receive the first comer in his apartment-boutique in the East Side of Manhattan. One enters an enjoyable jumble of objects, dominated by the theme of travel.

This young gentleman with the airs of a New York dandy, who barely turns away from his computer while listening to your remarks, is the great specialist in globes in the country, which has two hundred and sixty million inhabitants and who knows how many millions of collectors. During the interview, Mister George is connected to an Internet site which daily welcomes more than two million people in the field of antiquities. How to sell or buy without traveling? All you have to do is shop via a screen. But Mister George is also a specialist in oral communication. He was first a lawyer — one of the few to abandon this profession, despite his great financial interest across the Atlantic.

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Finally, George leaves his office and walks through his showroom piled with terrestrial and celestial globes and numerous astronomy instruments, and world maps. The globes are, for the most part, American and among the globes signed Gilman Joslin, the prices make the unlucky shudder: $35,000 or 210,000 francs!

Rest assured, others are more affordable, such as cigarette lighter globes, which cost $50 (300 francs). The specialist has models from the 18th century, but the vast majority date from the 19th century. A few little “toys” attract novices. He calls himself the only American merchant who focuses on globes.

“I am shocked that no one before me has specialized in this theme,” he confides to a former colleague.

“Is the subject too esoteric?” he wonders. Mister George benefited from fashion during the year 1998, which blew New York a category 4 hurricane of globes, of lesser quality than his own.

In the lot, it attracts a clientele of great and wealthy collectors who discover the fascinating universe of the time of the great navigators.

Suddenly, an American magazine did not hesitate to compare him to a Wall Street trader. “Mister George, for his thirty-sixth birthday,” reports the same magazine, “succeeded in conquering a market in record time.”

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