The library’s globe is beautiful and fits its setting well – perhaps a bit too well, since most people seem to walk right by it. A few weeks ago, some of our patrons were carefully examining the library’s globe and discovered that Antarctica is not a real place on this globe! In their excitement, they called Will and I over to confirm that, indeed, Antarctica was not there.
Instead, the mapmakers put “Antarctic Ocean” and a few islands that they knew about.
The date on the map is hard to make out – perhaps 1892…
We found the Austro-Hungarian Empire and that the countries of Africa as we know them today, are not on the map.