It has been one of those objects associated with Christmas. They are pretty and nice to look at, and some faint glow of giddy merriment wells up inside when you shake them. They have an assortment of designs inside them, but have you ever wondered where they originated?
Snow globes are irresistible for their promise of brief, easy entertainment—plus the added visual delight of the whimsical miniatures found inside.
Yet despite their ubiquity, most of us don’t know where snow globes come from. Indeed, the early years are rather fuzzy—but it is clear that the snow globe traces back to Europe near the end of the 19th century.
Kim Hart writes about the brief history of the snow globe on Artsy.
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