Rand McNally first issued a selection of table globes in the early 1890s — a 12-inch, 8-inch, and 3-inch globe with gores copyrighted 1891, and a 6-inch globe (such as this one) with gores copyrighted 1892. In addition, an 18-inch globe was issued by Rand McNally, copyrighted 1894. These globes were often updated and bear the original and updated copyright information in the South Pacific Ocean. This particular example, with updated copyright date 1902, was issued as an inexpensive globe for students, on a very simple bent iron rod stand that was referred to by the company as a “wire” stand. It appears in a 1902 Rand McNally trade catalog as “No. 1. 6-inch, wire stand Globe, $0.50.”
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Oval Cartouche: RAND, McNALLY/ NEW/ SIX INCH TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE
Legend in South Pacific Ocean: Rand McNally & Co.’s/ New Six Inch Terrestrial Globe./ Copyright, 1902, by Rand, McNally & Co./ Copyright, 1892, by Rand, McNally & Co.
Key under cartouche: Isothermal Lines for January [blue lettering]/ Isothermal Lines for July [red lettering]
Condition: Generally very good, the colors fairly bright, the globe fairly clean, with only minor toning, wear, and handling.
A Descriptive Catalogue of Maps, Globes, and School Supplies 1902. 2nd ed. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Company, 1902. p. 86.