By: Columbus Verlag
Date: 1929 (circa) Berlin, Germany
Dimensions: 33 cm (diameter) 66 cm (height)
This is a fine example of an art-deco era German made globe that highlights economic, industrial, and agricultural production throughout the world in the late 1920s. The globe was produced by Columbus Verlag, based in Berlin circa 1929 and is housed on its original wood pedestal stand with a small compass non-functioning) inlaid within the base.
This antique globe is rich with detail, especially pertaining to industrial and agricultural output. A key located in the southern Atlantic and Indian Ocean provides symbols for stone, coal, petroleum, and iron deposits, as well as, cotton, rubber, rice, grain, corn, and breeding areas for cattle, sheep, and pigs. Shipping lines traverse the oceans with varying width of corresponding to the importance of the transport.
In the Atlantic, we find a thick red line which delineates the route of the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, a German passenger-carrying hydrogen-filled rigid airship that flew from 1928 to 1937. It offered the first commercial transatlantic passenger flight service. The globe presents its route from Munich to Washington D.C., New York City, and back.
We date this globe like so many others by examining the geographic detail it provides. With the route of the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin combined with the presence of Central Australia, Peking and Constantinople we are able to surmise that the globe was created sometime in late 1928 through 1929.
Condition: This globe is in very fine condition, with scuffs, scratches, and abrasions scattered about, the worst of which is a ring of restoration around all of Antarctica. The wood base and stand is both attractive and sturdy.
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