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Globe, American, Specialty, Bank, Golden Rule Foundation, Terrestrial World, 4-inch Diameter Globe, New York, c. 1938 (Sold)

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4-Inch Tin Terrestrial Bank Globe
The Golden Rule Foundation, New York: c. 1938
Numbered beneath base: 077115
5 inches high

A tin terrestrial bank globe with transfer painted cartography joined at the equator, raised on a white round tapered base, having a slot near the North Pole for inserting coins and an opening on the underside to remove them. Oceans are green (blue which has yellowed over time), geographic entities are in cream, yellow and green. Cartography is fairly simple. Istanbul and Palestine are shown, indicating a date between about 1930 and 1948.

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The globe and the base are imprinted with the Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — and other similar adages in bold block letters (transcribed below). Many of the sayings are from biblical sources, with one credited to American poet Grace Noll Crowell, who was honored by the Golden Rule Foundation as American Mother of the Year in 1938. At the time Crowell was serving as poet laureate of Texas.

The globe was apparently intended to take collections for The Golden Rule Foundation, which published the globe. It is numbered with an engraved serial number on the bottom, perhaps to keep track of the globes when they were distributed and returned to the foundation.

Inscriptions on globe: He who eats may share. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The world is now one neighborhood. The Golden Rule would make it one brotherhood.

Inscriptions on base: It is more blessed to give than to receive. The Golden Rule Foundation/ Give us this day our daily bread. A coin a meal may save a life./ Eat your bread in solitude and you will be fed but share your loaf if you would know the flavor of good bread. Grace Noll Crowell — American Mother 1938.

Inscription beneath base: Property of the Golden Rule Foundation 60 E. 42nd St., New York. Contents may be designated to any charity agency of the donor’s choice. Undesignated money will be alloted [sic] where careful study reveals most acute need. Golden Rule Foundation • New York • Chicago • Los Angeles. Globe No./ Made in U.S.A.


“Grace Noll Crowell.” Wikipedia. 20 September 2010. (8 November 2010).

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Metal, Printed, Tin