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Globe, American, Rand McNally, Terrestrial World, 12-Inch Table Globe, Pedestal Atlas Stand, Chicago, c. 1930s


Rand McNally & Company
12-Inch Terrestrial Table Globe
Chicago: c. 1930-31
Mahogany stand with atlas book compartment
21 inches high, 12 x 8.5 x 2 inch square box base

The terrestrial globe is surmounted by a finial and a metal hour disc divided into day and night, set on a metal inclination arm at 23.5 degrees, and raised on a mahogany stand with turned central baluster standard and dish base on a rectangular box with an opening on one side for an atlas. Oceans are green, landmasses are gold and tan with thin black outlines and mountain ranges are indicated by gray shading. Principal rivers, bodies of water, cities, and regions within nations are labeled. Steamship and railroad routes are shown in red with distances. The compartment under the globe is fitted with a Rand McNally atlas of the same period. The atlas was intended to provide a handy additional geographical reference (more detailed than the globe) and an index, for use with the globe.

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Istanbul with “Constantinople” in parentheses is shown, indicating a date soon after 1930, when the name change occurred. Many small islands are labeled in parentheses with the name of the country or colonial power that controlled them, e.g. (Br.) for Britain. Central Australia is a separate territory, limiting the globe’s period from between 1927 and 1931. A few features on the coast of Antarctica are labeled, but the bulk is labeled “Unexplored.” These geographical notations suggest that the globe gores were designed c. 1930-31.

The Rand McNally World Atlas and International Gazetteer included in the compartment in the globe stand is a hardcover 1935 “Special Household Edition.” The 136-page atlas includes illustrations, maps, an index and depicts the polar regions at the back endpapers.

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Cartouche Formed of Two Dolphins: RAND McNALLY/ 12” GLOBE/ INDEXED/ SCALE 1:42,000,000 / 1 Inch= 664 Statute Miles/ or 576 Nautical Miles/ 1 Centimeter=420 Kilometers/ Steamship and Railroad lines are/ shown in red./ Copyright by/ Rand McNally & Company, Chicago/ Made in U.S.A.

Condition: Globe generally good, noting the usual light wear, toning, and soiling. Few small abraded areas restored. Minor unobtrusive indentation west of Africa. Stand very good, but with a bit of wear and abrasions to finish. Atlas book by Rand McNally is of the proper period and size, but not original to the base. It is in good condition with the usual, expected wear, with some toning and soiling to the cloth covers.

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