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Update -  Antique Trader Magazine recently published an interesting and informative article on our hobby by Ingrid Floyd. I was fortunate to be interviewed as a contributor to the piece. Here is an excerpt and link to them in case you'd like to read it. -Tony

 . . . Original samples of salesmen’s globes are scarce. LaBarbera said they are valued from $300 to $1,000. He has collected lightning rods and their ornamentation for over thirty years. “It is a fascinating hobby,” said LaBarbera, who got his first globe, a blue one, for $15 at a flea market in Belleville, Illinois, in the 1990s.

Antique Trader Digital issue, 2022, Issue #13.

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