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  • A Brief History of the Globe

    The World Is Not Flat

    Fantasy map of a flat earthWhile everybody now knows that the world is a sphere, it is a relatively recent idea in the history of humanity, along with being a great and hard fought victory for reason. For tens of thousands of years, people generally thought that the earth was flat, having observed the apparent horizontal nature of the ground that they stood on. Still, some inconvenient truths appeared to be incongruous with the flat earth theory. For example, why did the sun rise in the east and set in the west day after day? Why do the stars appear to move in a circular direction around the night sky?

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  • Cyber Monday Sale

    cat xmas1Cyber Monday Has Arrived

    Our Cyber Monday sale is today. Use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY15 when checking out to get savings on every single globe in our collection. Pick up a world globe for a loved one or friend this holiday season. They make great gifts that are rarely expected and always welcome. From our Mini globes all the way up to our Magnum globes, we have a wide selection with offerings in almost any price range to fit the space and budget you have in mind. To help narrow things down, here are three fantastic world globes from our collection that would make excellent gifts this holiday season--buy them today to take advantage of our 24 hour Cyber Monday Sale at unbeatable prices!

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  • Do Not Miss Our Coming November Sales

    The Holiday Season Is Near

    800px-Thanksgiving-BrownscombeThere's a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including a Black Friday Cyber Monday sale at Columbus Globes! Year round we discount our product's list price by 30% and offer free shipping on all products, but on the Friday and Monday following  Thanksgiving, when you're still full from the large turkey dinner, find a store wide sale on all beautiful Columbus Globes! Find a unique Christmas present for a loved one. The handcrafted, illuminated Columbus Globes make excellent gifts to your friends or family. So after Thanksgiving, when you have watched all of the football, eaten all of the turkey, had all of the laughs with your family for one holiday, come to ColumbusGlobes.com to do some online shopping and gear up for Christmas. Here are three products that we think we make stellar gifts this holiday season; happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!



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  • Get Your Child a Globe for Graduation

    The School Year is Almost Up

    graduation-2In just a few weeks, as May ends and June comes around, schools will be holding graduation ceremonies and students will be moving onto the next part of their lives, whether it is another school year, a new school completely or the dreaded "Real World." If you are in the market to get a relative a gift, consider a globe. For one, it's a novel present, one that not many people get, but still very appropriate for the occasion. Also, while it can be used to decorate a future dorm room or apartment that the graduate might be moving on to, it still continues to educational merit besides its obvious aesthetic ones.


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  • Enhance Your Home Decor With These Three Styles

    Interior Design

    columbus_floor_globes_slide3-2While our last blog post dealt with the differences in Columbus' maps, there are other factors to take into account when finding the perfect globe to fit the home decor of your home or office. There are many different design styles that a room can have, and with these three different stands of our floor globes, we wanted to shine the light on a couple different directions you can go in. With our most popular floor globes in the $1,000 range, there are three main styles of bases to consider to match the beauty of the hand-blown glass sphere. With each of the different stands though, one can still get any of the map options, including the DUO, DUORAMA, ROYAL and DUO ALBA.


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  • 4 Innovative & Bold Map Styles

    Relentless Innovation

    historisch_04Ever since the company was formed in Germany over 100 years ago, Columbus has been on the forefront of innovation within the globe industry. As a leader in design and quality manufacturing, Columbus has been relentless in its desire to push the globe world into the future while maintaining its artisan manufacturing process. Around the middle of last century, Columbus invented the two-map DUO technology. By placing one map on the interior of the globe and another on its exterior, when the globe became illuminated, a different map is presented than when it the light is turned off. Using this principal, Columbus collection is now based on four different two-map styles. As the first company to come up with this brilliant and dynamic transforming design sensibility, the German manufacturer help keep up its reputation as the boldest globe maker in the industry.



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  • 2 Luxurious Must-See New Swarovski Globes

    New Globes

    swaroskieditedWe are gearing up to unveil a whole line of brand new models this year at Columbus Globes. However, before we do that, we wanted to highlight the two newest globes in our collection that you may have missed, as they became available during the hectic holiday season. Last year, Columbus teamed up with the luxury jeweler Swarovski to create two unforgettable world globes. These extravagant desktop globes feature Zirconia stones on their surface that come alive with light, adding to the lavish beauty of the already extraordinary Columbus world globes. Using both the blue ocean Rothenburg and the antique ocean Vienna models as inspirations, these new globes feature the best of what both Columbus and Swarovski have to offer. Enjoy both of these globes when they are blending in with the timeless décor of your home or office, and as night falls, switch on the internal light bulb, and watch as your family and guests are mesmerized with the illuminated beauty of these unforgettable globes. Without further ado, here are the fruits of the memorable collaboration between two titans of luxury products, Columbus and Swarovski.

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  • Super Globes for the Super Bowl

    The 2015 Super Bowl XLIX

    super bowlSuper Bowl Sunday is behind us! We hope that you enjoyed the game, and got to watch and eat good food with dear friends and family. Along with the game itself, pop star Katy Perry gave a quintessentially outrageous half time show, and the advertisements were as funny as usual. Even before the Super Bowl, there was controversy surrounding an advertisement, with GoDaddy.com's spoof of a Budweiser ad getting pulled from the game before days before kick-off. After debuting the Go Daddy commercial on the internet, the ad generated such a severe backlash that the company decided to air a different commercial during the Super Bowl instead. The New England Patriots played the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona, and while we are not football experts here at Columbus globes (don't worry, we will not bore you with our in-depth football analysis), we did decide to highlight two of our super globes in honor of the Super Bowl! We currently sell the two largest world globes in production, and here is a brief run down on both of these beauties.

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  • Globes in the 20th Century

    Technological Innovations

    Illuinated-GlobeThe 20th century saw a great many shifts in the globe industry. For one, in the 19th century, electricity had become almost ubiquitous in the Western world, allowing illuminated globes to become invented. However, that also took away their usefulness in helping students understand how many hours of daylight were available given a specific latitude during a time of year, as most streets and rooms were now able to be lit at any point of the day with electric light bulbs, making that information not as necessary to know. Also, in the 20th century, radio based sea navigation allowed ships to get where they were going without relying on the constellations, rendering celestial globes redundant for sailing. However, as technology made some of the old uses of globes obsolete, new innovations brought them to an even wider audience.

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  • New Year, New Globes

    The Year End Wrap Up

    Capture21This year was an exciting one for Columbus Globes. Our business in the United States continues to expand. In addition to Columbus' extraordinary line of illuminated desktop and floor globes, we received twelve stunning new models in 2014. From the three new low-priced floor globes including the Bonn, Prien and Potsdam, to the Bremen Duo Alba and two Cologne Floor Globes,to the desktop globes including the Jena, Passau and the Student Marco Polo, there is a large diversity of hot new models to choose from. While classic Columbus models like the Osnabruck or the Frankfurt are still as fresh looking as ever, these brand new world globes have been welcome additions to our selection. We wanted to put a microscope on two of our most popular recent models that arrived in during 2014.

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