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2006, Shopping Feature, Kansas City Star, New World View, Decorating with Globes

Kansas City Star
“New World View”
By Stacy Downs
November 12, 2006
Sunday House & Home Section, pp. E1, E6

George Glazer was among the globe dealers quoted in the lead article in the Kansas City Star Sunday “House and Home” section about collecting and decorating with globes, and one of the George Glazer 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.

“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.

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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.

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