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March 12, 2012

Thrifting A Dream: A Vintage Starlight Replogle Globe

By RetroRuth

Quiet down, please. Quiet.

I have an announcement to make.

Ahem.

My long quest for a vintage  Starlight Replogle Globe is now OVER!

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I happened upon this pretty baby in the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Mount Pleasant. It was just sitting in the front cabinet, being lonely, when I walked in the door and pounced on it.

“Does it work?” I asked breathlessly, my nose pressed against the glass, “Does it really light up?”

“Yep.”

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Oh my goodness, does it ever. Hello, gorgeous!

Replogle, which started in 1930 in an apartment in Chicago and is still in business today, made this glass(!) globe in approximately 1960, based on the names and the countries on the continents.  It was designed by Gustav Brueckmann.

I am very, very excited for this one! Anyone else out there have a vintage Replogle globe? Time to share stories!

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14 Responses to Thrifting A Dream: A Vintage Starlight Replogle Globe

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Wow, amazing!!! I’ve never heard of a Replogle Globe before, really beautiful though!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Now I’m going to have to keep an eye out for one for you guys. 🙂

  2. sablemable Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

    OMG! I’ve been wanting one of those, too! Great find, Ruth!

  3. nickarmadillo Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Love these things. I’ve got one in the traditional colors, but I’d really like one with a black background. Give it a little extra wow factor.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

      I totally know what you mean! It was just icing on the cake that it was the Starlight version. Now I have to keep an eye out for a traditional one. 🙂

  4. Betty Crafter Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Oooohhh color me super jealous! I love it. What a find! You must show us a picture of it in its new home!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I will have to find a place for it, first!! 🙂 My poor office is so packed already…I am gonna have to make some room.

  5. Vickie Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Hooooleeee Mackerel! Never seen or heard of one of these. And it’s glass?! Wow, what a find…in the thrift?! Huge Congrats Ruth! What a beauty.
    ~Vickie~

    • RetroRuth Reply

      March 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Thanks, Vickie!! I know, the glass part just makes it that much more special. 🙂

  6. Annie B. Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Congrats, Ruth. This is one unbelievable find. Just love it.

  7. roadsidewonders Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I’ve been coveting my brother’s constellation globe for years. This is gorgeous! What a find!

  8. Sara Reply

    March 13, 2012 at 1:14 am

    OMG – super cool. I remember seeing one of these in my Uncle’s room at my Grandma’s house!

  9. Janet Reply

    March 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I love that it lights up!! I have a regular vintage Replogle from when I was a kid, but it does not light up.

  10. lara jane Reply

    March 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    My son has one of these in his vintage globes collection, but not glass! Super fab!

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