Let it snow with our snow globes
December 08, 2020
With a snow globe, you hold the ultimate winter wonderland in your hands. Maybe that’s why they’ve been delighting us for generations.
The earliest water-filled glass globe appeared in France to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889. Credit for officially inventing what has become the snow globe, however, goes to an Austrian who was trying to improve on Thomas Edison’s electric light bulb.
In 1900, in a quest to make a brighter bulb, Erwin Perzy added semolina to a water-filled glass globe to get more reflection in the globe. Eventually, Perzy began making finely crafted snow globes, and his company, Original Vienna Snow Globes, is still in business today. Among the thousands of snow globes that the company has made is the iconic one that is in the opening of the 1941 classic film “Citizen Kane.”
Snow globes began to be mass produced after a patent for underwater assembly of snow globes was granted in the late 1920s. By the 1950s, with the increased use of plastic and the development of the tourism industry, souvenir and commemorative snow globes became common and so did the idea of collecting snow globes. Did you know, by the way, that actor Corbin Bernsen (of “L.A. Law”) has one of the largest collections of snow globes in the world at more than 9,000?
Snow globes have been included in our holiday collection for about 10 years, says Julie Schneider, our project manager for seasonal items. Our snow globes retain an old-world approach to craftsmanship, and each year we introduce up to four. Hand-painted and finely detailed, they feature iconic Christmas elements and plenty of MacKenzie-Childs touches. New for 2020 are:
- The Sleigh Ride Snow Globe, which features a hand-painted Santa with his sack of toys. It’s also a music box that plays “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” as Santa rotates. The base is a sleigh accented with Courtly Check and Courtly Stripe.
- The Carousel Horse Snow Globe, featuring a hand-painted rocking horse. It plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” as the horse rocks. The base is accented with red tartan and a band of Courtly Stripe.
- Finally, the Golden Hour Deer Snow Globe spotlights our hand-painted Golden Hour Deer. The base is a Golden Hour Urn accented with Courtly Stripes and touches of gold.
No matter which one you chose to add to your own collection or to give as a gift, remember that snow globes really are snow much fun to share and collect.