Summer’s over already?! It’s already time to start looking forward toward the holidays. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner, but we’ve got you covered with globes and maps that fit all styles and budgets for the geographer or traveler in your life. What better way to say “you mean the world to me” than a beautiful (perhaps even illuminated) tabletop globe?
Finding the right globe for a child isn’t easy. You want something they will learn from, of course, but you also want a globe that entertains them to help keep their interest, and built well enough to withstand drops and rough play. We’ve tested several globes over the years with this in mind, and here are our picks for the best globes for kids in 2017:
The Intelliglobe II
12″ Interactive Globe from Replogle Globes
$165.00 – Buy it here
A floor globe is more than just a gift – it’s giving a tradition. It’s a centerpiece. It’s an heirloom. It’s sharing a mutual love for our world, and putting it on display in our homes and offices. We always want ourselves be in the company of the dignified and the distinguished, but now we ourselves can be the dignified and distinguished. Here are our favorite floor globes to establish these connections in 2017:
The Eaton III
16″ Floor Globe from Replogle Globes
$422.00 – Buy it here
Sometimes you need look no further for inspiration and materials for a rainy day project than your own home. Plus the internet. And let’s be honest about it. The best thing about the internet isn’t social media or shopping. It’s the do-it-yourself videos. (O.K., maybe the cat videos too.)
We spend a lot of time thinking about what you can do with globes and maps. So, we had a do-it-yourself idea. Maybe you have an old globe with a dent or a scratch that you didn’t want to throw away. It ended up in the basement or the attic to live out its days in peace and quiet. Sorry. Nap’s over. We’re going to help you breathe new life into that old globe by turning it into a hanging lamp. Here’s what we’re going to do:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was created by Congress in 1958, purportedly to explore space and study aeronautics. Although part of its declared mission was to ensure that the space program would be conducted for peaceful purposes only, we now know that much of what NASA does is expressly military in nature. There have been many more manned and unmanned space missions than the ones the public has been told about. We can only guess at what they were designed to accomplish and whether they succeeded or failed.
But there is one mission that we know exactly what it was meant to do. The Kepler Space Observatory, named after German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, was launched on March 7, 2009 to look for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars.
And they’ve found lots of them. Over one thousand already.
Back here on Earth, we try to ignore all the telemarketers and spammers calling our shop during the day, but when NASA’s Ames Research Center calls, we answer the phone. They’ve called before, as have the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the White Sands Missile Range, and the U.S. Air Force on several occasions. They’re always looking for new maps and globes and we’ve got what they need at worldmapsonline.com and 1worldglobes.com.
This time, NASA needed us to create giant, custom inflatable globes of some of Kepler’s latest discoveries. They sent us the digital artwork they had created and we had it fashioned into a new family of globes – all thanks to the Kepler Observatory that’s still flying today in an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit through space.
Our office and warehouse are located between the International District and the Central District in Seattle. The I.D., as we call it, is comprised of Little Saigon, Chinatown, Japan Town, and a small Philippine community that, as far as I know, has not been given an official designation.
The city of Seattle decided to change the name from Chinatown to the “International District” in 1999. The Chinese were not having any of it. They had already been living in Chinatown for over one hundred years before the name was changed. They took down the street signs the city had put up and replaced them with “Chinatown” signs.
Most, if not all of the Japanese -Americans were sent to internment camps during the second world war. Many returned to find their homes and businesses appropriated by others, but their history and contributions to Seattle are still visible in the small businesses, restaurants, and trade organizations peppered throughout the neighborhood.