A 1932 Arts & Craft terrestrial Globe offering Zeppelin and Lindbergh Flight Routes

A 1932 Arts & Craft terrestrial Globe offering Zeppelin and Lindbergh Flight Routes

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Simplistic yet detailed in design, this model offers interest in style as well as content. The understated, yet playful elegance of the base is complimented by copper and bronze metal accents. This model offers a classic Arts & Craft flair. The legend of the globe is of specific interest for aviation history enthusiasts with flight-routes displayed It highlights the Lindbergh Flight from NY to Paris in 1927 It highlights the Graf Zeppelin World Flight in 1929 It highlights Kitty Hawk, NC, where the first Flight of O. Wright took place in 1903 Note the cartouche, featuring two children's portrait and the slogan: Educate your children, it pays - The book of knowledge. Offered as a "free gift" with the purchase of an Encyclopedia set, this object de art preceded a similar marketing strategy used by Encyclopedia Britannica in the 1960s. With a diameter of 12 inches and a total height of about 17.5 inches, this superb piece of aviation history will be quite a conversation starter. Minor scuffing and a nicely aged patina provide the perfect vintage look. A word about the manufacture: Weber Costello Co 1907- c 1960s A.H. Andrews & Co sold the Globe manufacturing branch to C.F. Weber & Co. at the turn of the century, who marketed the globes as "C.F. Weber & Co, successor to A.H. Andrews and Co, Chicago". Around 1907 the name changed to the Weber Costello Company. Weber Costello continued production of globes until the 1960s. In 1942 the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Map Division compiled the map for a 50-inch globe that was to be given to President Roosevelt by Colonel William J. Donovan, the OSS Director. Instead, acting on a suggestion by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George C. Marshall arranged to have one of the large globes presented to Prime Minister Winston Churchill and another to President Roosevelt as 1942 Christmas gifts from the Army. Ultimately, the Weber Costello Company of Chicago Heights, Illinois, produced some twelve or fifteen copies of the President's Globe between 1942 and 1955 when the company ceased operation. Churchill's globe is now at Chartwell and Roosevelt's is at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. The story of these globes is based on the recollection of an individual who was involved in the map making. In our opinion Weber Costello was one of the finest Globe makers of the 20th century and a true loss to the industry when it closed the doors to its globe manufacturing facility for good. Weber Costello models are highly respected among globe collectors. From the most magnificent pieces in design such as the chrome airplane model to the superb map making details, each Weber Costello is a piece of history and art within. $345 — Item #: 911WCLIN32 -SOLD
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