Making a Globe – Then & Now

I’ve never really given this much thought, but somebody somewhere has to be making globes, and it’s clearly not a static business. Cartographers are continuously updating the content as boundaries and names change every year.

But the physical process stays pretty much unchanged doesn’t it?

Hmmmm, not really!I stumbled across these two Youtube videos.

Globe manufacture in 1955.

Globe manufacture in 2013.

I don’t know if you agree, but the old way seems to have more soul – as if the world is being treated with more respect.

What do you think?

Image: CC Flickr/Jeffrey Beall.

(Pertinently, the photographer notes that the globes in his photo are being withdrawn from his library because they have out-of-date information on them, which begs the question: where to old globes go, if not the skip?)


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