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1985 Rand McNally Lighted 12" World Globe - Beautiful Parchment Background

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Rand McNally Lighted World Globe "1985 Heritage Collection"

Gunther Windsor worked for forty years at the Corn Husker Door Factory in Omaha, Nebraska. He enjoyed his job for the most part, but forty years of making doors does wear on a man. His wife Nancy, was an elementary school teacher in Omaha. Each evening after supper for going on twenty years, Gunther and Nancy would sit in front of a world globe that sat on a small table in the corner of their living room. They would flip the globe light on, take turns spinning it and with closed eyes would place a finger on a spot in the world. Where ever that finger would end up is where they would travel to that evening (figuratively speaking).

Now that the two of them were two months away from retiring, they were going to play their globe game for real. So one evening they both pledged to each other that where ever the finger would stop that night was going to be the destination for their first world travel adventure. Nancy was to make the selection and Gunther tied a blindfold over her eyes just to keep her "honest." Then he swiped his hand across the globe, nearly knocking it off the table, sending it on a wild spin. Nancy slowly drew her finger down and the globe came to an abrupt spot. She quickly pulled off her blindfold and the two of them leaned in to see exactly what exotic port of call they were heading to. They both burst out in simultaneous laughter when they realized Nancy had her finger slap dab on North Platte, Nebraska. "North Platte it is," Gunther proclaimed. "At least we won't have to learn the language."

True to their mutual pledge, Gunther and Nancy actually did take their first trip to North Platte but soon followed with a three month adventure to Europe and then on to Asia.

If you enjoy traveling the world in your mind, you'll enjoy this beautiful Rand McNally (copyright 1985) lighted globe. It is part of Rand McNally's "Heritage Collection". The globe is made of plastic, is 12" in diameter (30.5cm) and stands approx. 16" (41cm) tall with a bronze colored 8.5" (21cm) dia. metal base. It has a wonderful vintage look to it with parchment colored oceans and muted country colors. The mapping is relief style showing mountain ranges. Flip the light switch and you've got the perfect accent to a den, office or study.

This globe is in very good vintage condition. It has bright graphics with only a few light scratches that are hard to even find and no dents or dings. There are a few light scuffs to the metal base. It spins freely, the light bulb works and the electrical cord is in good condition with no cracks for frays.

1985 Rand McNally Lighted 12" World Globe - Beautiful Parchment Background


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