Indianapolis: Weber Costello Co. Tabletop globe. 12.12 inch diameter. 14 inches tall including unattached wooden support base. Lithographic gores. Overall very good with a slight 2" indentation in Baffin Bay and some minor cracking just to the west of Hawaii. Wooden base shows light wear.
This unusual globe was custom-made for official U.S. government diplomatic purposes, as indicated primarily by its slightly larger diameter than that of standard 12 inch globes. The longitude and latitude lines are subdivided and closer together than on commercial globes. The primary features of this aeronautical globe are great circle tracks, which indicate the shortest distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. These red lines, labeled in statue miles, form a vibrant web against the blue and yellow globe and indicate the quick evolution of air travel as a vehicle of international connectivity. The globes title and key are printed below the title just to the left of Australia, with blue and green lines indicating boundaries then unrecognized by the United States government: blue for 1937 boundaries in Europe for Japan and the U.S.S.R, and green for other boundaries that are described in a note below the key. The particularities of this political atmosphere place the globe around 1948. The globe is in good condition with a slight 2" indentation in Baffin Bay and some minor cracking just to the west of Hawaii. Wooden base shows light wear.