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Art History

  • Watch Hollywood Grow Through History in 9 Maps

    Hollywood

    Hollywood was originally known as the Cauhenga Valley in the mid 19th century. However, in 1886 H.J. Whitley dubbed the area Hollywood and the name stuck. By the turn of the century the neighborhood had grown to become a small town. By 1912, major film making companies  had taken up shop in Los Angeles. In those days, Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company held many patents with film technology. It drove a lot of filmmakers out west, and coupled with the bright sun year round weather of Southern California, Paramount, Warner Brothers, RKO and Columbia all became headquartered in the neighborhood. After that, the rest is history, as Hollywood's reputation in teh 1920s as Tinseltown became solidified--rife with movie stars glamour and film industry hedonistic excess. Visualize the development if this particular patch of the world globe in the following nine beautiful maps.

    H.H. Wilcox & Co 1887 Map of Hollywood

    H.H. Wilcox was one of the very firs people in history to own property in the newly dubbed Hollywood area. Him and his wife Daeida named dubbed their ranch Hollywood after moving from the midwest. H.H. Wilcox & Co was his real estate company.

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  • 5 Awesome Maps of Mars

    Mars

    While we specialize in world globes, sometimes it is good to extend one's gaze into the heavens. Mars has been of particular interest recently, after NASA recently found water on the planet. Last year, The Martian, with Matt Damon highlighted the red planet as well. With the Curiosity Rover getting more and more pics of the planet, we are learning more about it than we ever had. With many planned missions to Mars on the horizon in the next decade or so, it is the next frontier for humanity to conquer as we venture farther and farther into space. Nothing will beat the beauty of our own special world globe here on earth, but Mars is a close second!

    Ordinance Survey

    The famous UK mapping agency Ordinace Survey created this beautiful map of Mars with their distinctive class and style. Using data from NASA, see about 3.8 million square miles of Mars surface with this colorful map. Be sure to bring this next time you venture to the red planet to find your way around.

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  • 7 Must See Old Maps of Los Angeles

    1639 Map

    This map was made by Johannes Vingboons of the Dutch West India Company in 1639. For most of the seventeenth century, California was thought to be an island. Find where the would-be Los Angeles would be located!

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  • 12 Dazzling Maps of London

    London

    London, England is one of the world globe's greatest cities. Historic, enormous, diverse and innovative, this city has been one of the great hubs of human activity for almost 2000 years when the ancient Romans originally set up the city. Here are 12 amazing maps of the famous city to help deepen your appreciation of the metropolis.

    London's Daily Commutes

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  • 7 Extraordinary Maps of Paris

    New Perspectives on Paris

    Artistic Rendering of Paris

    Here, an artist renders the world's most beautiful city as if it is merging with the surrounding environment. Not cartographically accurate, this impressionistic map is still a pleasure to get drawn into.

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  • 5 Maps That Will Change Your Perspective of the World

    The Oceans and Continents Swapped:

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  • Globe Ideas for the Holidays

    slide_267421_1834640_freeHoliday Season

    The holiday season is upon us. It is time to rejoice in the family time that comes at the end of the year and to find gifts for your loved ones. Globes are an indispensable part of the home. Set in a living room, library, bedroom or office, they are a great thing to reference when discussing current events, and with their warm glow, just feel like home. Teach your son about the world, or give your wife a new beautiful piece of furniture to liven up the living room. Globes appeal to people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and nationalities. Everyone likes tot have the world at their fingertips, so why not bring the beauty of our planet closer to a loved one's with a stunning, hand crafted globe? Here are some of our favorites, to help get your world globe shopping process started. Take advantage of all of our holiday sales to get these stunning artisanal products at amazing prices until the new year!

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  • 5 Daring Art Heists

    The Louvre

    mona lisaIn 1911 an Italian employee at the Parisian Louvre museum named Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa and hid in the building overnight. The next day, a plumber let him out and he made off with arguably the world's most famous painting. Peruggia was caught and the masterpiece recovered two years later when the thief tried to sell the painting to an Italian museum. Peruggia believes that the painting rightfully belonged in an Italian museum, not a French one. He served some time in a prison but became sort of a national hero for his attempt to return the Mona Lisa to its home land. Apparently Pablo Picasso was an initial suspect for the robbery.

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