Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Globes Revisited

When I started researching the globes I was operating under the basic assumption that the date of the globes was appropriate to the period in which Paul McCobb might have likely designed them, which is to say 1952 to 1959. Later I learned this assumption was inherently flawed as further research and study revealed that the globes were in fact produced in the 1970's.

The problem this presented is that when I contacted Replogle to ask them about it I specifically asked them about their production during the 50’s, 1950 to 1959! To which they replied that they had not manufactured anything of the sort in that time period. With that answer in hand I believed I had reached a dead end in this line of enquiry. I despaired of ever finding who manufactured these globes.

A year ago when I started on this line of research it had never occurred to me that the timeline estimate could possibly have been quite so wrong and misleading. It was only recently after revisiting my notes on the globes that I decided to date them myself using the information Replogle provides for doing so. After doing this the truth of the matter became readily apparent, as I have already written about in a previous blog post.

Early this AM the final piece of the puzzle fell into place, it came to me that I had never inquired about their production in the 70’s! I never asked the question because I had foolishly trusted in the general competence of the questionable Paul McCobb attribution to have gotten the year right if not the specifics as to designer and/or manufacturer.

A quick google books search for Replogle Globe without the limiting factor of only searching between the years 1950 and 1959 told the tale and yielded this clipping from the November 1977 issue of the Texas Monthly page 180 which very clearly gives us all of the information necessary to finally debunk the fallacy of the Paul McCobb Globe.

- 3' tall 16" dia. globe.
Replogle Globe, Inc. World Classic Series -
Leroy M. Tolman, Cartographer . . .$199."

There it is in black and white, mystery solved! It is indeed a 1970’s Replogle design. In fact variations on this Replogle design persisted from the mid 70’s all the way through to the early 90’s. A version of it in wrought iron, The Eclipse Globe (now discontinued), was manufactured until very recently and can still be purchased from several vendors.