Walt Disney World Globe by Rand McNally

GUEST BLOGGER: Nick Maglio

As a collector, I have a wide range of tastes. As you may know, I collect Disney. I also have collected comic books, Star Wars, and Muppets (before they were Disney). In addition, I have a sizable globe and map collection, reflecting my love of travel. So, put two things I love to collect together, and you have a sure fire winner, such as Star Wars and Disney, or Star Wars and Muppets.
Another winner is this metal Disney globe. It’s a smaller globe, measuring 10″ from the base.
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Brought to us by Walt Disney and Rand McNally.
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I’ve dated this globe to the late 1950s. As globes are not dated, you can figure out roughly when they were manufactured by geopolitical names and boundaries. Now, I’m no scholar, as anyone I know will tell you, but this globe also has a couple of clues that helped me reach that conclusion.
First, I know it’s from after 1955 by this wonderful little graphic of Mickey inviting us to “Visit Disneyland and see All your Disney friends like ME.”
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Then, the globe also shows Goofy riding a camel across French West Africa, which Wikipedia tells me was a federation that existed from 1895 until 1960. So, It had to be made somewhere between 1955 and 1960.
Best guess.
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Mickey points the way, and lets us know “There’s something to learn Wherever you turn.”
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Indeed, there are little bits of trivia all around this globe.
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The base has some interesting characters, including Willie the Whale from the short cartoon “The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met” from the 1946 “package film” ” Make Mine Music” from 1946.
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I couldn’t find any information as to who this penguin was, even in The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters. Even he seems to have a “Eh, I don’t know” attitude about it! But then Lee found out that he is The Cold-Blooded Penguin from a Short from “The Three Cabelleros”, narrated by Sterling Holloway in 1945. His name is Pablo. (Thanks Lee!)
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I thought I’d share a picture of part of my globe collection. There are several more, scattered around the house. You may also see a few Disney items in this photo, all of which I’ll be sharing here in the future.
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