Do you collect antique or vintage terrestrial globes? Perhaps you like to see how older world globes show the political boundaries of their times. It is fascinating to see how countries and cities have changed their names over the decades, and the results of wars that have moved boundaries. Some people collect globes because they often show the tracks and routes that explorers took as they learned about our planet. Others collect world globes because they are beautiful to look at.
Whatever your reasons for collecting older globes, you may wonder “How old is my globe?” and need help determining how old it is. Remember, globe manufacturers did not always change the names of countries and boundaries immediately.
An excellent list of helpful dates is on this website: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/datingglobes.htm
To learn more about the art of collecting antique and vintage globes, visit OMNITERRUM.COM — the best web site on the topic! Another useful site: http://www.libs.uga.edu/maproom/online/globes.html
Quick checks to determine age of Globe:
o Persia or Iran? Name changed to Iran in 1935
o Does your globe have Constantinople or Istanbul? This city changed its name to Istanbul in 1930.
o Is Israel shown? If yes, globe was made after 1948.
o Tanganyika instead of Tanzania? If yes, globe was made 1946-1961
o Gold Coast became Ghana in 1957.
o Does Bangladesh appear on the globe? If so, globe was made after 1970
o Is Vietnam shown as one nation (not North & South)? If yes, then globe was made after 1976.
o 1984 – Upper Volta changes name to Burkina Faso o 1991 – Soviet Union dissolves into 15 new countrie