Monday, April 6, 2015

3-Steps to Determining a Globes Age

Many people inquire with us about how to determine the age of their globe. Perhaps you found a globe while cleaning out the attic, at a garage sale or it has been handed down within your family. Dating an old globe can be fairly easy and comes down to a simple game of elimination, which in itself can be a true test of how well you know your geography!

While manufacturers differ on the types of information that is included on their maps, if you have identified your item as a Replogle Globe, you can use the "How Old is Your Globe" chart provided at the Replogle Globe Stores website.

Here are the basic steps to determine your globes age:

1. Using the How Old is Your Globe chart, start at the top of the list of New Names in the left column. Helpful Hint: In the right column we have listed the approximate location of the place you are looking for (to test your knowledge, try not to use the right column, its like a cheat sheet).

Globe Dating Chart
2. Once you have reached a point in the list that you can no longer find the new name, check to see if the former name is present.

3. Once you have found a former name, check the date column, this is the approximate age of your globe. We encourage you to look at a few additional names down the list just to make sure the update to that name was not delayed for some reason.

There are very few globe manufacturers still in operation around the world. Some of the oldest globe manufacturers that are still in business are still relatively young around the 70 to 100 year mark. So if you are trying to date a globe older than 70 years or so, you may want to consult an expert or visit our friends at Murray Hudson. They also provide a nice dating chart that goes back to 1817 when New Holland became Australia.

If you would like a globe that you can keep current. The Replogle Globe Store offers the full line of Replogle Globes. Many of the traditional globes are offered with our "Updatable Globe Program", where you can purchase a new globe ball at a discount when there are changes in the world.

Have Fun Dating Your Globe!