Inflatable Globes, and Other Similar Items

Yesterday I was looking for fall foliage data* and today I’m looking into inflatable globes and other weird¬†different globe products. Truly, I would never claim that my job is boring. I figure you’ll be just as interested in this great new research topic as I am. Here are a few of the finds:


$13.95, grapefruit sized
The description says that this moon globe has a sense of humor, but it really has a sense of mystery, since we can’t see it clearly in the picture.

$21.95, no size info
This looks fun, and is an example of the four color theorem!

$1.24, 16″
I really wanted to like this one because it is so cheap, but unfortunately the reviews warn that the colors on the actual product are much uglier than they appear in the picture. Moving on.

$6.87, 12″
Definitely a contender as a contest prize for my upcoming cartography workshop. It’s also one of the more popular ones on Amazon.

$37.00, 36″
Another contender. Nice colors.

$4.65, 22″

This is a balloon that I assume you fill with helium. The colors look fantastic. We won’t quibble on the spatial¬†inaccuracies.

$A lot, 576″
Yes, it is actually an inflatable globe! David Byrne’s High Line Globe.


  1. #1 by Ann Stark on October 2, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    We have special ordered those balloons and used them at GIS events and they are really beautiful. Highly recommended.

  2. #2 by LeighH on October 2, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    My nephew has an inflatable globe, and it is quite the learning experience. Apparently, the capital of Mexico is called Mexico Town, and there’s a city in South Africa called Captown.

  3. #3 by Gretchen on October 2, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    @Ann Good to know. I’m going to buy a few then.

  4. #4 by Gretchen on October 2, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    @LeighH LOL!

  5. #5 by Ann Stark on October 3, 2012 - 9:31 am

    FYI, the hyperlink from the balloon picture goes to the giant inflatable globe article. I was going to check to make sure they were indeed the same. They really do look the same.

  6. #6 by Gretchen on October 3, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Thanks Ann. Fixed.

  7. #7 by Ann Stark on October 4, 2012 - 11:23 am

    They are the same. I was able to have my local grocery store floral department order them for us. I took in a picture of them and we found them in their catalog. I don’t remember the cost but it seems like they were a comparable price.

  8. #8 by Sara on October 5, 2012 - 10:53 am

    I bought my kids the huggable globe (similar to the moon) at the Esri store in San Diego

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