Collecting vintage and antique world globes is a fascinating hobby. Many people collect vintage globes simply because of their beauty, and others because they might show exploration routes and critical topography. No matter the reason for collecting, a vintage world globe will give us a glimpse into the past and a moment captured in time. See how borders have evolved post colonialism, especially post WW2.
Whatever your reasons for collecting vintage world globes, you may be wondering .. How old is my globe?
This is our quick method for determining the age of a globe and whether or not we will buy it during our thrifting adventures.
1) U.S.S.R. or Russia?
The breakup of the Soviet Union (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) happened at the end of 1991. Since we are only interested in vintage globes prior to 1990, this is the first geographical area that we look at.
2) Rhodesia or Zimbabwe?
Rhodesia gained independence and the end to British colonial rule in 1980 and was officially recognized as Zimbabwe.
3) North and South Vietnam or unified Vietnam?
The unification of Vietnam post war was in 1976.
4) Ceylon or Sri Lanka?
Ceylon became a republic within the British Commonwealth in 1972 and the country name was changed to Sri Lanka.
5) Belgian Congo or Burundi?
Burundi received independence from Belgium in 1962.
6) Partition of Korean Peninsula
At the end of WW2 in 1945, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel and global maps showed North + South Korea after the Korean war in 1953.
7) Partition of India
In 1947, the sub-continent was divided into Pakistan and India.
8) Partition of Palestine
The partition of British Palestine was adopted by the UN in late 1947 and the state of Israel created in 1948.
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