Titled by the manufacturer the “Political Reality” globe, it shows political subdivisions, and was edited by Edith Putnam Parker. As indicated in the legend, this globe shows the relative population sizes of cities with shaded circles graduated in diameter. The legend also displays the symbols for international and state boundaries, steamship lines, railroads, canals, ocean currents, and mountain peaks.
Edith Putnam Parker co-authored a series of social studies and geography textbooks that were used by North American schoolchildren from the 1920s to the 1950s. These texts were all collaborations with Harlan Harland Barrows, and sometimes a third author. Parker and Barrows were apparently both faculty members at the University of Chicago. Barrows, an early leader in the field of historical geography, advocated the teaching of what he called “human ecology” — that physical geography should primarily be studied in relation to man and his activities; it can be surmised that Parker shared that perspective. She edited a line of educational globes for Weber Costello that were in print from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Read more about Weber Costello in our Guide to Globe Makers.
Circular Compass Cartouche: 16 inch Globe/ WEBER/ COSTELLO/ CHICAGO HEIGHTS/ ILLINOIS/ POLITICAL REALITY GLOBE/ EDITH PUTNAM PARKER/ EDITOR
Kilpinen, Jon T. “GEO 466/566: The Profession of Geography. The United States.” Valparaiso University. 12 October 1996. http://www.valpo.edu/geomet/geo/courses/geo466/topics/us.html (14 December 2005).
“New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors.” Kingkong. December 2005. http://www.kingkong.demon.co.uk/ngcoba/pa.htm (14 December 2005).