Subtitle: How to Date a Vintage Globe
Perhaps I should clarify… My #thriftscorethursday post today isn’t about how to wine and dine and charm a vintage globe. In case that’s what you assumed. Or maybe I’m the only person who got a picture in my head of a globe with a top hat and bow tie seated across from me at a restaurant (Italian, of course) sharing spaghetti Lady and the Tramp style.
But I digress.
I found this globe at Goodwill several weeks ago for $15, and it must have just been set out on the shelf or I have no idea how it hadn’t already been snatched up.
At first I assumed it was a decorative replica – the kind of adorable faux-vintage piece you would find at Hobby Lobby – but closer inspection (once I had it securely tucked under my arm and headed for the checkout) caused me to believe it might be just a little older.
It’s extremely heavy, thanks to the ornate iron three-legged stand.
When I got home, I dove into the world of vintage globe dating and discovered two extremely helpful resources on the subject: 1) Dating Globes from Longwood.edu and 2) How Old Is My Globe? from Murray Hudson.
These lists help you narrow down the age of your globe due to changes in country’s names, borders, capitals, etc. You really have to slowly go through each event to double check.
I was able to date my globe to either 1930 or 1931 thanks to these two facts:
- In 1930, Constantinople became Istanbul
- The territory of Central Australia existed on the globe from 1926 to 1931
So my globe fits somewhere between Constantinople’s name change to Istanbul and the elimination of the territory of Central Australia. Fascinating stuff, right?
And outside of any historical interest, I am just completely smitten with the dusty-mossy-olive-khaki-green that the seas on the globe have become over time (perhaps thanks to a heavy smoker?). It’s one of my new favorite colors, and I’m dying to match it into a paint for the right future project.
After that fun little lesson in cartographic history, let’s jump into this week’s features from the #thriftscorethursday feed!
Nicole (design_it_vintage) found two of these adorable white hippo planters at the thrift store. Now that I’ve discovered my new-found love for animal-shaped planters, I’d love to add one of these to my budding collection some day!
The slightly-psychedelic colors and text in this needlepoint found by Jami (secondhandglam) are too cute! I must say, I especially like the juxtaposition of the more traditional gilded frame. I think these types of quirky finds add so much character to a home!
Tracy (tracyschicvintage) wasn’t able to bring this pair of faux-bamboo and cane wingback chairs home with her, and for that we will collectively mourn while also admiring vicariously and enviously wishing we were the lucky ones who found them next… I would be tempted to try dyeing that velvet something rich – a deep berry pink, perhaps?
I always keep my eyes open for vintage chenille bedspreads and haven’t had any luck so far! I love this peek louloumint_etsy shared of her lovely bedroom – and can you believe that her hobnail bedspread find was only $4?!
It’s your turn to join in and share your favorite recent thrift scores with the party!
Simply post a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram using #thriftscorethursday!
- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd – this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We’ll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home and I (plus a special weekly guest host!) will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature! So please note that by linking up with#thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.
- Please note that we can only see photos shared by public accounts, so if you have a private Instagram account and we haven’t been showering your finds with love, it’s simply because we aren’t able to see them.
This week, we’re delighted to have Emily from The Wicker House joining us!
Be sure to check out the finds and features from Cassie, Corinna & Trisha!
P.S. Are you a blogger who also love thrifty finds? We’d love to have you join us for a week of Thrift Score Thursday! If you’re interested, send me a message!