Rumi

All the writing about globes makes me think about traveling.  This quote from Rumi sums up my feelings about traveling:

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”

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Where in the world ….

There is something magical about vintage globes.  They represent a moment in geopolitical time.

Globe Collection

I’m immediately drawn to them at flea markets.  All the various sizes, materials, and bases .  The fun part is sleuthing out the age of the globe based on it’s moment in geopolitical time.   What are some of the geopolitical quick checks I have rummaging around in my head?

  • Do you see Persia or Iran?  Persia became Iran in 1935.
  • Do you see Tanganyika instead of Tanzania?  This African country was Tanganyika from 1946 – 1961.
  • St. Petersburg or Leningrad?  Leningrad was this city’s name from 1924 – 1991.

I’m going to sleuth out a couple of my globes:

globe 1

I adore the base of this metal globe  with it’s mid century modern modes of transportation.

globe 1 base

We’ll refer to him as Globe 1:  Indo-China is still there so it was made before 1954 (Indo-China became Vietnam).  Tanganyika is there so it was made some time between 1946 and 1961.  Labrador is still its own country (they joined Canada in 1949).  India has not been partitioned to create Pakistan (as a result of dissolution of the British Empire and the Indian Independence Act of 1947).  The final clue … both Palestine and Israel are shown.  Palestine became Israel in 1948.  I’m guessing this globe was made in 1947 before Indian independence was finalized and during the negotiation to create Israel.

globe 1 north america

Globe 2 is my smallest globe at 2″ in diameter.  I found him at 3 Potato 4 before they left Manayunk.  He was $25 … more than I would normally pay for a globe but I had never seen one like this.  He was made in Japan.

mini globe

Persia is there so he was made before 1935.  Peking can be found instead of Peiping (it became Peking in 1928) so he was made after 1928.  The Japanese hadn’t invaded and renamed Manchuria Manchukuo which happened in 1931.

mini globe

So this globe was made between 1928 and 1931.

I started my collection with a few mid century modern era 12″ diameter globes but now I tend to be much more selective … looking for unique globes.  What are my ‘white whales”?

moon globe

The illusive vintage moon globe.  8″ in diameter.  This one is not on the original base but I do like this what looks to be cast iron base.  I’ve only ever seen one vintage moon globe and he was too big and WAY too expensive.

black globe

The almost as hard to find vintage black oceans globe.  Keep in mind, I’m very fussy about proportion so I have seen a few of these guys but not the right size or with the right base.  Look how awesome he looks contrasting with the other vintage ‘traditional’ globes!

Cooking 1.5 – Cucumber Salad

There’s a Revit ‘ranking’ system in my office.  Your Revit number is based on how proficient you are at using this CAD software.  Many people are 0’s as they don’t use the software.  Only two people are 5’s which means they are experts.  I hold the honor of being the ONLY 1.5.  Not a 1 but not a 2.

I’ve decided to carry this 1.5 ranking over to my cooking proficiency.  I’m starting with one of my favorite salads from a childhood spent with a German mother.   I’ve put my own spin on it though and use greek yogurt and white wine balsamic.

First, I like to get my mise en place:  largest of my vintage orange Pyrex mixing bowls, mandoline, 3 cucumbers, handful of fresh dill (about a half cup), 1 medium size Vidalia onion (I like the sweetness), 1 small container of plain Greek yogurt (5.3 oz or more, depending on how much dressing you want), Trader Joe’s white balsamic (the least expensive yet with a nice flavor), sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and sugar.

mise en place

Directions:   1.  Peel the cucumbers.  2.  Slice the cucumbers, using the mandoline, directly into the bowel.  I don’t mind the seeds so I just make super thin slices.  If you don’t like seeds then de-seed and slice or chop.  3.  add about 1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion.

components

4.  in either a separate small bowl or large measuring cup (2 cup size) combine the Greek yogurt, finely chopped dill, 4 tablespoons white balsamic to start with, 2 teaspoons sugar, pinch of salt and pinch of pepper.  4.  taste the dressing with a clean spoon.  5.  adjust the amount of dill, white balsamic, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.  I usually keep adding, stirring, and tasting until I hit the sweet spot.  6.  add the dressing to the bowl with the cucumbers and onion.  7.  stir and taste a cucumber.  8.  you might need to fuss around with the seasonings a bit.  9.  transfer to a medium size container with a lid and put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let the flavors process.

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You can definitely eat it right away but the longer you let it process, the better it will taste.

This is summer in a bowl.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

American Pickers – Rome Print

I was looking for a famed landscape photograph at Brimfield this year.  Some sort of rectangular proportion.  When I walked into the South Porch Antiques stall, I was hooked.

South Porch Antiques

This is a view of Castel Sant’ Angelo on the Tiber in Rome.  Castel San’t Angelo is one of my favorite buildings in Rome.  Hadrian commissioned it as a mausoleum for himself and his family in 130 AD.  Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared atop the mausoleum, sheathing his sword as a sign of the end of the plague of 590, thus the Sant’ Angelo.  The popes converted it into a castle and in the 14th century Pope Nicholas III connected it to St. Peter’s Basilica by a covered fortified corridor called the Passetto di Borgo.   The popes would retreat here when Rome was under attack.  You can see St. Peter’s in the background beyond the Ponte Sant’ Angelo (the bridge).   You may recognize it as the Illuminati’s lair in “Angels and Demons”.

Why did I even hesitate about the $95 price tag?  Well, they came down to $75 after I asked what their best price was.  It’s about 42″ x 20″.  It took one of my girlfriends whispering in my ear that it’s more than worth it for me to pull the trigger.

When I got home, the search began.   James Anderson is the photographer.  This is a pretty common print from Anderson’s Studio.  It’s a carbon print (dry plate negative) from around 1900.  The frame and glass are original.  These were sold to tourists by the hundreds.  It’s worth around $1500  (Thank you to Alex Novak at Vintage Works Ltd for providing me with this information).

Alex recommended I remove the wood backing as the wood will burn through the mount and the photograph.  The backing, at least, should be replaced with an archival mount.  The photo may stick to the glass if it gets humid so I may want to re-mat and re-frame it archivally.  At least I should have a good framer insert spaces to keep the photo off the glass.

Currently, it’s hanging in our bedroom.  I absolutely love it.

Anderson Studio print in the bedroom.

Anderson Studio print in the bedroom.

I love the old glass with its bubbles and imperfections.  The proportion is spot on.  The quality of the print is so sharp.  All good things.  So … do I re-frame it?  I’m afraid it will lose some of it’s charm.  Plus I don’t buy pieces based on value … it’s more personal than that.  But I wonder if American Pickers would be proud … paid $75 and worth $1500.