A Wonderland and the History Behind It

I think what has captivated me the most, is the magical world that movies portray that intrigues the childlike imagination. It allows me to dream of a different place that is beautiful and beyond corruption. I never knew of the history of the snow globe until I looked it up and found what is listed below.

The wonderment of creativity, which seems to defy logic in the fact that it (the image, the liquid, the ‘snow’, etc.) can coexist together… When I would gaze at my collection, I would be in amazement of how it could be created without causing a massive mess. It is like an advanced puzzle that only a genius could figure out, yet, only the wild and vivid imagination could admire.

To see the full background ofsnow globes, please check out Wikipedia info: click here Below is what Wikipedia has to say about the History:

Precisely when the first snow globe, also called a waterglobe or snowdome, was made remains unclear, but they appear to date from France during the early 1800s. They may have appeared as a successor to the glass paperweight, which became popular a few years earlier. Snow globes appeared at the Paris Universal Expo in 1878, and by 1879, at least five companies were producing snow globes and selling them throughout Europe.

A girl shaking a snow globe.

A girl shaking a snow globe.

 In 1889, a snow globe containing a model of the newly built Eiffel Tower was produced to commemorate the International Exposition in Paris, which marked the centenary of the French Revolution. This globe quickly became a favourite souvenir for attendees.

Snow globes became popular in England during the Victorian era and, in the early 1920s, crossed the Atlantic to the United States of America where they became a popular collectors item. Many of these globes were produced by Atlas Crystal Works, which had factories in Germany and America.

In the United States, the first snow globe-related patent was granted in 1927 to Joseph Garaja of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1929, Garaja convinced Novelty Pool Ornaments to manufacture a fish version underwater.

In America, during the 1940s, snow globes were often used for advertising. In Europe, during the 1940s and 1950s, religious snow globes were common gifts for Catholic children. Snow globes have appeared in a number of film scenes, the most famous of which is the opening of the 1941 classic Citizen Kane.

In the 1950s the globes, which were previously of glass construction, became available in plastic. Currently, there are many different types of snow globes available. These globes are produced by a number of countries and range from the mass produced versions of Hong Kong and China to the finely crafted types still produced in West Germany. Snow globes feature diverse scenes, ranging from the typical holiday souvenirs to more eclectic collectibles featuring Christmas scenes, Disney characters, popular icons, animals, military figures, historical scenes, etc. Snow globes have even been used for election campaigns.

So, there you have it… the History of my fascination!

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~ by truthoughts on May 15, 2008.

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