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1938 Petite World Globe - Shortwave Stations - Pre WWII - Crams Terrestrial 7"

This is a great Cram's Universal Terrestrial globe - 7 inch Natural scale - 1 = 71,700,000 1132 Statute Miles=One Inch. Spellings conform to official rulings of United States Geographic Board and Royal Geographical Society.... No.73. The George F. Cram Company. Indianapolis.

The map of this 1938 terrestrial Globe offers one of the most important tools of WW2, call letters of Short Wave Radio Stations worldwide. During the war, short messages from prisoners of war were often read by studio announcers at stations in Germany, Japan, and other Axis power countries. Shortwave listeners copied the prisoner names and addresses and notified families by mail or telephone. Given the importance of Short Wave Radio Stations during War, this globe has preserved a piece of history.

The globe is made of coated paper gores over pasteboard. The oceans are tinted in robins egg blue, with the International Date Line or Equinoctial Colure, Greenwich Meridian or Prime Meridian and analemma scale in Pacific. This great little globe shows nautical distances and major short wave transmitters in red. The globe sits on an offset mount atop a stepped metal base without meridian.

The political borders used to date this are: Austria and Sudetenland absorbed into the Third Reich, Italian East Africa, Manchukuo and Chosen (Korea).

The condition of this globe is good! The gores are tightly held and the colors bright and vivid!! The equator tape is complete and present around the entire globe. The globe stands approximately 10.5" tall and is 4.25" across the base. There is miinimal soiling. There are scattered small scuffs and very small areas of map loss but none of these affect the reading of the map or the great look of this wonderful globe! There is also the odd wrinkle or two but again nothing at all distracting!! The globe spins freely and carries a great patina!!! The base and mount also show minimal wear. The only issue is that the time dial is missing from the north pole and was replaced years ago with what appears to be a washer and I do not believe that the nut securing the top is original. However, with all that said none of it detracts from the look of this classic piece of history!!

Due to the wonderful proportions of this globe it looks great where ever it is displayed!!!

This globe is a fine piece showing a very specific glimpse in time!!

As always, ENJOY!!!

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1938 Petite Crams 7" World Globe - Pre WWII Identifying Shortwave Stations


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: pasteboard, paper, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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