Small Trailer Shimmer

$14.00

SKU: 132361

Celebrate your spirit of adventure this Christmas with a small Trailer Shimmer glitter globe. Shimmer glitter globes are like snow globes, except that they light up, casting reflections off the glitter floating inside. This particular small shimmer glitter globe is in the shape of a Air Stream Trailer.

The Small Trailer Shimmer is perfect with a retro or rustic Christmas decor. Because it is plastic, it makes a good gift for children.

  • Dimensions: 4.25″x2.75″x2″ (LxHxW)
  • Batteries included

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Celebrate your spirit of adventure this Christmas with a small Trailer Shimmer glitter globe. Shimmer glitter globes are like snow globes, except that they light up, casting reflections off the glitter floating inside. This particular small shimmer glitter globe is in the shape of a Air Stream Trailer.

The Small Trailer Shimmer is perfect with a retro or rustic Christmas decor. Because it is plastic, it makes a good gift for children.

  • Dimensions: 4.25″x2.75″x2″ (LxHxW)
  • Batteries included

The History of Snow Globes

(Courtesy of Mental Floss)

Back in 1900, Erwin Perzy I was working in Vienna as a fine instruments mechanic when a surgeon came to him with a problem. Although the surgeon had electric light bulbs installed in his operating theater, the newly invented product didn’t cast great light. He wanted to know if Perzy could improve on the dim bulbs and make them brighter. So he got to work. As Perzy hunted for inspiration, he noticed that shoemakers had stumbled into an interesting trick: By filling glass globes with water and placing them in front of candles, they created tiny spotlights in their shops.

When Perzy tried the trick with a lightbulb, he discovered the brightness wasn’t improved. But what if he added something to the water that the light could bounce off of? Perzy started with white semolina flakes, used in baby food at the time. “He poured [them] into the glass globe, and [they] got soaked by the water and floated very slowly to the base of the globe,” his grandson, Erwin Perzy III, told the BBC. “This effect reminded him of snowfall.”

Inspiration struck: What if he used his technical expertise to create a tiny diorama in his snowy little world? Perzy made a miniature replica of the Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Mariazell, Austria, placed it in his water-filled globe, sealed it, and mounted it to a gypsum base that he painted black. And voila—the first snow globe was born.

Click HERE to read the whole, fascinating story.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 7 × 3 in