Local Globes



English Russia is a marvelous blog filled with pictures of strange and inventive things from Russia. One offering in its archives is a post about "local globes" -- the practice of taking local maps and fitting them around globes so that one locality is imagined as a whole world:

In Russia and other post Soviet countries there were a real craze on independence after they finally got it with USSR collapse. Sometimes this took some weird forms like, for example, making the globes of their own country. Yes, those were just like regular globes we used to see on geography classes but instead the whole world only their own country was mapped on it.

These things were officially on sale and still you can buy something like “the globe of Ukraine” in shops of Kiev.

So then people went further and decided to make the globes of their local cities or even villages.


At the link, you can find instructions on how to make your own.

Link via Make | Image: Collage by Sean Michael Ragan of Make

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