When I was younger, I loved twirling my globe around and "filling in the blank" with a location. Where will I get married? Tanzania (far cry from my actual wedding in Charlottesville, VA). Where will I love when I am older? Antarctica (God. Help. Me).
Globes helped us learn and entertained us as kids. Since they're not as necessary as they had been in the past thanks to, you know, Google Maps...they have made a real comeback as a vintage décor item for the home.
Here is what you need to know about the Vintage Globes you encounter:
How To Date It
As time progressed, names of locations changed. Being able to see what certain countries are called or the size of them on the globe may help you identify the age of the piece.
Click here for a great date sheet from Replogleglobes.com.
How to Clean It
First start with a clean soft cloth and gently remove the grime. Think more dabbing and less rubbing. Don't use paper towels...they may be too rough for the surface of the globe.
If the globe is heavily soiled, you will need to wet a soft clean cloth and wring it out completely. Working in small areas, dab at the dirt gently. You may also need to use a very mild soap, as well. Be sure to immediately follow up with a dry cloth and dab at the areas cleaned. You do not want to keep the globe wet, as it is likely made of paper.
Display Your Collection
If you plan on starting a collection here are a few thoughts on the chic way to do this.
While some objects just look great sporadically placed around your home, some were meant to be grouped together. For me, this rings true with vintage globes. The power of all of them together makes the item go from a boring ole relic to a real statement.
Group By Color
The visual impact of various shades of one color instantly pleases the eye.
Group Them High for Visual Interest
Draw your eye up to those pops of color...I love them on top of the bookshelves.
Make Sure to Get Various Sizes and Stack at Various Heights
The stacking of big ones and little ones together gives depth to the globes,