Thursday, December 22, 2016

How Old Is Your Map ?

Geography and cartography make for fascinating studies. Collecting maps of various kinds goes hand in hand with studying history. The patterns of human migration, travel and exploration are recorded in maps and globes. Maps and globes express much information regarding current events, changes in landmarks, capital cities. If you are a connoisseur of older globes you will certainly identify with this. It is quite interesting to observe the descriptions of geo-political boundaries and see how the names of countries and various landmarks have changed over the years.

When you look at a map or globe you can imagine the experiences and perspective of those living in an era gone by.  Collecting maps and globes is a fascinating hobby and an excellent way to study history. It can be very interesting to watch the changes in There’s a good chance that you might have an old map or globe laying around your home or office. You can tell a lot about a map’s age just by looking at the names of the countries.

Just in the past 25 years several countries have changed their names. The former Soviet Union has disintegrated into fifteen separate countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Yugoslavia has become Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Yugoslavia. In the past year alone the Czech Republic has become Czechia. Who knows what changes the coming year of 2017 will bring to the wonderful, wide world of geography? Check out our website for maps and globes that reflect that most current information and descriptions. There are plenty of maps, globes and atlases to meet your needs whether you are a educator, parent, student or simply and informed citizen. Ultimate Globes will always be here to provide you with the largest selection of quality maps and globes that meet your educational and interior design needs.

Check out this very cool graphic to figure out the age of your map or globe. Also check out our website for additional maps, map dating resources and all kinds of fascinating information.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

MOVA Globes: Adornment for your Desk

The intersection of technology and geography has created some innovative and interesting globes. The MOVA Globe is a spherical representation of Planet Earth that utilizes light in order to rotate. Both natural and artificial light are harnessed by the globe as it spins on its axis. No messy cords to get tangled and no expensive batteries to replace. The rotation of the globe is a simulation of the motion of our Planet Earth. An artistic piece like this will add creative appeal to any interior space.

 As the World Turns

MOVA Earth View
MOVA globes are hand crafted from the best materials. An assemblage of finely polished polymer, resin shells and non-toxic fluids allow the spheres to rotate smoothly. A highly sophisticated mechanism nestled inside each globe generates power from ambient light. A combination of solar cells, magnetic elements and other proprietary pieces generate the power necessary for this process. Behold a scientific and artistic wonder! This commanding and creative centerpiece will attract attention and conversation in any part of your home or office. The MOVA globe is comprised of two spheres, each nestled inside the other. The inner sphere provides the kinetic energy for rotation, it is encapsulated within a second sphere which is transparent and contains fluid. The globe is suspended in this environment which is nearly friction free. The globe and the liquid it is suspended in have almost equal density.

Solar Energy, Density and Magnetic Fields

The similarity in density means that as the inner globe rotates, the liquid redistributes itself evenly around the sphere preventing contact between the inner and outer spheres. The lack of friction generated by this situation allows the inner globe to rotate.The inner sphere is semi-permeable and allows some of the light spectrum to penetrate the pigment of the image. The inner sphere contains several photovoltaic cells which generate energy from this light. The inner sphere also contains a magnetic field which synchronizes itself to the magnetic field of Planet Earth. This system functions in a similar fashion to compass rotating its magnetized needle to align itself with earth magnetic field, indicating due north. The motion generated by the photovoltaic cells provide the momentum necessary to keep the sphere spinning in motion.

Geography and Technology

The wonders of geography and technology have combined to create this fascinating masterpiece, a brilliant display of the laws of physics. These globes are available in a variety of styles and colors. The model featured above is the MOVA Earth View with Cloud Cover Revolving 6 inch globe. What a wonderful addition this would make to the mantle of a fireplace! The contrasting colors are classic yet vibrant. Instead of having to spin the globe to see all of the countries, simply sit back relax and plan a trip to your favorite holiday location as you watch it rotate. A variety of stands are available to maximize your viewing pleasure. Crystal and wooden stands are available to display this piece to best advantage.

Check out this and other models of the MOVA Globe at our website 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Shopping Guide: 5 Fabulous Desktop Globes

Globes make such elegant and sophisticated presents. As the holiday season approaches there are so many presents to buy and people to think of. Presents that are non-consumable and aesthetically pleasing are a great choice.  A globe satisfies both of these criteria. Desktop globes are compact and easy to transport, this is a classic item with reference and design value for years to come. One of our classic globes will easily find a new home on a coffee table, bookshelf, office or dining room. These are the top 5 styles of desktop globes for 2016.

The Monarch is a 14-inch decorative tabletop globe from Replogle. This unique globe makes use of various shades of black, grey and silver to express the outline of Planet Earth in detailed relief. Descriptions of countries, continents and landmarks are clearly visible in red and black lettering. A full swing meridian makes navigation particularly convenient. The sphere rests on a deep veined marble base reflecting also the black, grey and silver themes of the former. This artistic and elegant globe is especially suited to library and office settings. The compact size means that a desk or bookshelf can easily accommodate it.

The old school charm of the Premier from Replogle Globes holds particular appeal for lovers of antiquity. Antique oceans, raised relief, and a brass plated full meridian are reminiscent of a bygone era. The rich and luxurious cherry wooden base is sure to a please a teacher, professor, or other professional. This three-dimensional representation of Planet Earth is sure to be an eye catching centerpiece for a coffee table or bookcase. The globe is an excellent reference tool containing the latest information regarding geopolitical boundaries in its own right. However, the wooden base also features a compartment for a hardcover copy of the Rand McNally Premier Word Atlas. A classic globe with antique styling enhances a professional setting Premier is 12-inches in diameter and the stand and sphere reach a height of 18 inches.


The Freedom from Replogle Globes is a sensational choice for a holiday present. Lovers of nature and American heritage will share an interest in this one of a kind figure of the Earth. The 12-inch sphere rests a top a bronze colored relief of an eagle. The wings of the eagle are spread in flight invoking a commanding and powerful presence. The majestic and metallic eagle rests on a wooden base. The cherry finished wood is an excellent complement to the die cast full meridian. The reference value of this globe is equal to its aesthetic appeal. The antique styled maps has raised reliefs and detailed descriptions of geopolitical boundaries. The Freedom is another excellent choice for office d├ęcor. Any professional setting would be enhanced by the impressive nature of this centerpiece.


The Mariner is a very versatile globe, because it features both ocean topography and cartography. This globe provides a level of detailed information regarding the ocean floor that is not provided on most globes. It's name is quite suitable. The geopolitical boundaries are updated with each production cycle ensuring that the most current and accurate information is provided. This particular model is available in two styles one features an internal LED for illumination the other does not. A semi- meridian and a base made from dark cherry wood enhances the elegant appeal of this globe.


The mythical legend Atlas holds the world on his shoulders. This globe is appropriately named after the figure of Greek Mythology "Atlas" as penance the Greek god was designated as the guardian of the Earth. This one of a kind world globe rests a top a relief carved stand featuring Atlas. The 12-inch sphere stands 20-inches tall when mounted on the stand. The map of this globe features modern day geographic descriptions yet retains old world charm and elegance. A full meridian and champagne colored oceans enhance the rustic ambiance of this sphere. Educational value and artistic appeal combined in one package.

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