Yesterdays-Paper's avatar

Vintage New England - Mapparium, Boston Mass.

23 Favourites
Antique postcard
Chrome Era, 1960's

The Mapparium is the main exhibit at Boston's Mary Baker Eddy Library. It is a three-story, inverted globe consisting of 608 stained-glass panels.
Visitors walk through the globe via a thirty-foot glass bridge from which they can stand in the middle of the world.

Standing in the center of the bridge, a person can see the entire globe with none of the distortions most maps cause.
Brown Globe 
The Mapparium's other notable features were actually completely unintentional: its spherical shape and glass construction create multiple unique acoustic effects. Standing in the center of the globe, directly under the North Star, one can hear their voice in surround sound, as though they were speaking into their own ears. At either end of the bridge, visitors can also whisper from one doorway and be heard perfectly from the opposite side, 30 feet away, in a "whispering gallery" effect.

Since the Mapparium was built in 1935, none of the panels have been updated, although one was replaced after being damaged. Visitors to the Mapparium may notice such historic differences as Africa depicted as a patchwork of colonies and the USSR united as one nation. In 2002, LED lights were installed around the globe and, together with an original composition of words and music, highlight these and other major changes since its creation in 1935.

Copy OK by wotawota 

#oldpostcard #postcardstock #deltiology #vintagestock #postcards
Vintage item from my post card and ephemera collections, free stock for yours.
Use however you like. Enjoy! :heart:
Free avatar Love Earth 04 My Gallery…
Garden Court at The Sheraton-Palace, San Francisco by Yesterdays-Paper  Christmas Stained Glass Window by Yesterdays-Paper  Jardiniere -  Glass Beaded Floral Postcard by Yesterdays-Paper  Roll Out the Barrel by Yesterdays-Paper 

Deltiology = The collection and study of postcards.
:iconvintage-postcards: Watch Vintage-Postcards group to see more old cards.
Do you enjoy history, art, or the written word? Postcard collecting is an enriching, low cost hobby that combines all three! Animation Peace on Earth 1 
Image size
577x364px 101.02 KB
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
TheOnyxSwami's avatar
The Mapparium inspired this drawing I did!
12 Kingdoms Mapparium by TheOnyxSwami
Yesterdays-Paper's avatar
Oh excellent! It's such a cool space, isn't it!
I've added your pic to my favorites - well done!
TheOnyxSwami's avatar
Thanks!  And thanks for the fave!
And yes, it's a really cool space!
Ejderha-Arts's avatar
This image caught my eye and your story made it even more interesting. (^_^)
wotawota's avatar
:o (Eek) Wow! This is really fantastic!! Thank you very much for sharing! Heart 
Yesterdays-Paper's avatar
Watch Emoticon makes you want to pay it a visit, doesn't it? 
wotawota's avatar
YES! Definitely!! :nod:
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In