Anyone with a love of travel and Disney should just love this gorgeous World Globe by Rand McNally!
This metal Disney globe is fairly small, measuring just 10″ high from the base.
Brought to us by Walt Disney and Rand McNally
I believe this globe to date from the late 1950s. As globes are not dated, you can figure out roughly when they were manufactured by geopolitical names and boundaries. Now, I’m no scholar, but this globe does have a couple of clues to help us reach that conclusion.
First, I know it’s from after 1955 by this wonderful little graphic of Mickey inviting us to “Visit Disneyland and see All your Disney friends like ME.”
Then, the globe also shows Goofy riding a camel across French West Africa, which Wikipedia tells me was a federation that existed from 1895 until 1960. So, It had to be made somewhere between 1955 and 1960.
Sound logical so far?
Okay, I wonder just how they know that?
The base has some interesting characters, including Willie the Whale from the Short entitled “The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met” from the 1946 package film Make Mine Music from 1946 (shown below.)
I couldn’t find any information as to who this penguin was, even in The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters there were no clues. But with more research it turns out he is a cold-blooded penguin in a Short from The Three Cabelleros, narrated by Sterling Holloway in 1945. His name is Pablo (shown below.)