Screengrab via British Pathe/YouTube

Watching somebody from 1955 make a globe is oddly fascinating

So smooth.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Nov 20, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 1:29 pm CDT

We don’t really need maps anymore—unless it’s of the Google variety—and though they’re always cool to look at, globes also aren’t necessarily the most relevant tool for today’s student. But watching how they were produced 60 years ago is still, surprisingly, interesting.

That’s what we learned this week when a clip from a 1955 British TV show showing how these circular wonders were created went viral.

That Instagram clip was actually taken from a YouTube video that was released in 2014. Check out the whole thing.

Making globes, huh? Who knew they were so intricately put together? Who knew it was such an art form? 

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*First Published: Nov 20, 2016, 7:25 pm CST