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RESERVED for Velda - Vintage World Globe - Starlight w/ Satellite Orbit Demonstrator - Scarce - TREASURY PICK

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1961 Modernist Design piece

This is a vintage 1961 Starlight World Globe with Satellite Orbit Demonstartor by Replogle. Designed and edited by Gustav Brueckmann.

The space age era produced some of the most unique Planetary models, including this specific globe. Having equipped a standard model with a removable “satellite orbit demonstrator”.

The “orbit demonstrator” consists of two wooden beads on a metal ring which is attached to the meridian of the Globe. This feature allowed demonstrating how Satellites circled the Earth….at least that was the marketing statement.

The mounting of this Globe is a wonderful representation of the Mid Century Modern design style, blended with retro features. The map offers black oceans rather than the more common blue/green in addition to chrome finished gimbal mount with retro accents, that rotates vertically and horizontally. Diameter of the model is 12 inches with a total height of about 17 inches

This model is displaying the political borders of 1961, as it shows the United Arab Republic (1958-61), a venture between Egypt and Syria, which lasted only a very short period. Interestingly only Egypt is labeled as the UAR. Since the legend of this model no longer identifies French West Africa (dissolved in 1960) it simplified the task of identifying the age of the Globe.

This particular artifact is very well preserved and complete. It is rare to find a complete model with orbit demonstrator intact as this one. The globe has retained it bright colors and shows minimal wear. The base and meridian show wear in the form of light pitting, scratching and virtually no oxidation. the orbit demonstartor shows minimal wear also in the form of light scratching. None of the above detracts at all from the beauty of this unique piece!!

A fine and very hard to come by piece showing a very specific glimpse in time.

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RESERVED for Velda - Vintage World Globe - Starlight w/ Satellite Orbit Demonstrator - Scarce - TREASURY PICK

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: fiberboard, paper, metal, chrome plating
  • Only ships to United Kingdom from New Hampshire, United States.
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