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Miniature Terrestrial Globe/ Paperweight.. AMERICAN GLOBE AND SCHOOL SUPPLY CO./ RAND MCNALLY [Seneca Falls, NY, 1891]
In area west of Australia:] Rand McNally & Co.’s New 3 Inch Terrestrial Globe Copyright 1891, by Rand, McNally, & Co.
3-inch diameter globe anchored in magnifying glass as issued; 5 ½ inches total height. Color-printed, wax-engraved (?) gores; some fading of place names, a few repairs in extreme southern portion, but overall remarkably little wear; overall excellent condition.


An unrecorded, delightful cartographic curiosity: a very good quality miniature globe with a magnifying paperweight as its base. Only two other globes by the American Globe and Supply Company are known: a six-inch terrestrial recorded by Rumsey, dated 1892, and an eight-inch terrestrial cited in Rittenhouse, dated 1891; see below. This Seneca Falls, New York company was one of several for which Rand McNally supplied gores for the globes it produced. Rand McNally did not issue its first globe until 1887. Very nice condition for an object of this kind.

cf. Rumsey 5120; Rittenhouse Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 23.

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