Chicago: Rand McNally & Co, 1892. Tabletop globe. 6 inch diameter. 10.75" tall with iron axis and rounded pyramid cap, mounted on a turned wood stand with circular base. 12 lithographed color gores over wood. Oval cartouche in north Pacific. Some general light spotting, some soiling along edges of gores, wear to gores at poles.
This educational tabletop globe is one of the earliest globes made by the cartographic publishing company Rand McNally. The firm was part of the burgeoning industry of commercial cartography in late 19th-century Chicago. Teachers would instruct students with a large globe in class, and students would review their geography using smaller-scale globes. In addition to world geography, this globe also features an Analemma scale off the coast of Baja California, which indicates the sun's declination and the equation of time for every day of the year. Isothermal lines for January are marked in blue, and for July in red. The globe is in good condition with stiff rotation. General light spotting. Rand McNally is one of the most successful and well-known map publishers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Based in Chicago, the firm established itself in the mid-1800s as area publishing firms incorporated new railway routes that ran through the city into increasingly detailed and elaborate renderings of the country. As the Midwest grew in significance as a transit hub, Rand McNally drove technical innovations that allowed for larger and more easily updated maps and atlases. This globe is a wonderful artifact of the period.