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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ABC Wednesday: Z is for Zambia Zimbabwe Zanzibar

I was trying to think of something for Z when the Doctors Without Borders Map I have on a wall jumped out at me with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Zanzibar.

I keep that map up because I am constantly confused when looking at the globe that used to be my parents which has the names that countries were designated by on maps when I was growing up.
As you can see on the globe above Zimbabwe was designated as Rhodesia on the globe I used growing up. The U.S.S.R. was also designated on that globe as you may be able to make out below. My daughter wasn't confused because she had a very large beach ball size inflatable globe when she was growing up but I don't know what happened to that so I keep the maps that Doctors without Borders sends me tacked up on a wall.
I should throw away the old globe because it isn't fancy or anything and it's way out of date. I do like being able to see the world from the perspective of a globe rather than a flat map and I can always locate somewhere on new maps and then put it in perspective by looking at the area on the globe. Click for ABC Wednesday's Home Site.


Arija said...

I absolutely relate to this post. When I was very little, we had a very large map of the world on our wall, when I grew up, and had children, we had a number of globes but now, when I am at the other side of life, so many countries have changed their names, I find it hard to keep up.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Carver!
Very interesting, well elaborated and informative post!
** love that "globe"!

Karen said...

I would keep the globe, it's interesting to look back in time.

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm old enough to remember Northern and Southern Rhodesia. Zanzibar hadn't merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania.

Burt you should keep the globe; a bit of history. Whatever happened to Czechoslovakia?

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sylvia K said...

Oh, definitely keep the old globe, Carver, it is fun to look back now and then! Terrific post for the Z Day! Hope your week is going well!


Meryl said...

It is wonderous looking at maps and globes and noticing how time has changed them.

Joyful said...

Great photos. I love, love, love old globes too but I ended up getting rid of mine for the very reasons you've explained.

Live2cherish said...

Fun times with globe. Didn't even knew there was a place called Zanzibar.

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Sylvia. Don't throw out the globe, it is a treasure, even if it isn't fancy.
I enjoyed your post today very much.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Wanda said...

What lovely maps. I do love the look of a nice globe map. Your maps are really nice.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I would love to have a globe like that.

Zoning the ABC, please come and see.

Shooting Parrots said...

Maps and globes become outdated even as they are produced.

Your's reminded of my daughter who has just returned from a trip that took her from Cape Town to Windhoek, then through Botswana to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful to still have a globe - mine have all disappeared. Seems like maps and names change with greater and greater speed. Terrific post!

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

Oh don't throw away your old, out of date globe - I am one who collects them and I know from asking at various antique shops that these older ones with the former names are collectible. Your post is similar to mine, and I got confused in looking up the information for the write-up!

Hildred said...

I understand your love of the globe, carver - somehow it seems to make the world more real, even if the names are out of date!!!

Leslie: said...

What a great idea! I can never keep up with the countries that divide or merge or change names in both Europe and Africa, especially.

abcw team

Jane and Chris said...

Map makers must be kept very busy with all the name changes!
Jane x

Indrani said...

This is one terrific post. Very well presented for 'Z'.

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Triple Z's!! Say those country names five times real fast, huh? Love the maps and the story.

Cildemer said...

Very nice entry for Z day!
The old globe is simply beautiful! I would keep it, for sure!
Thanks for sharing;o)

Happy day***


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