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Vintage Snow Dome Collectors

A group for collectors of vintage snow domes who are enchanted with these fun collectibles. Share images, stories and resources.

Website: http://cdiannezweig.blogspot.com/
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Jan 28

Meet Your Moderator Andy Zito

VINTAGE Snow Dome Collectors Group – From Andy Zito - Your Moderator
As moderator of this group I will be guiding over the presentations of souvenir, figural, advertising and character snow domes for discussing, posting, trading, selling, informing and linking to others. There are great tools and options for posting photos, slide shows and more here on this wonderful Group site so please do try them out.
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About Andy Zito’s Vintage Snow domes

I first got interested in snow domes from buying some at a quirky gift shop called ‘Wacko’ here in Los Angeles. Wacko sold wonderful, Funky, Kitschy items that appealed to me as great items to start collecting. Through snow dome books and other collecting reference books, I made contact with other major collectors. I got their unique perspective and knowledge on snow dome collecting. From this I got the bug. So I began to more seriously to collect older souvenir, figural and advertising snow domes.

Some of the additional binding elements to my passion for them are:

• A background in advertising illustration and map illustration, which show landmarks and well-known icons. Also an intense interest in knowing about the world’s cultures, and makeup. Souvenir snow domes and snow globes also help me ‘ANCHOR’ and ‘PINPOINT’ where
everything is for me.
• I have traversed the United States back and forth several times, visited many landmarks, tourist traps and hangouts.
• So between the tourist travels, advertising background and map work, I have developed a keen interest in older souvenirs from all over the world as well as collectible advertising items. It follows that a passion for souvenir and advertising snow domes and globes, followed and developed.

There are now at least 8 books on the subject of snow dome and snow globe collecting. But they need updating and I would love to write a Snow dome book myself to show the many newly discovered snow domes there are now and reveal the fun they provide.

That said though, my website is, and will continue to be an ‘Online Museum’. As an online museum, it can constantly be updated and added to.

As far as what makes a collectible snow dome for me, I would have you focus on the ones that were made in Hong Kong in the 60's through the early 80's. Most of the serious collectors collect plastic mostly, but also collect glass (these are mostly the advertising ones like those made by Progressive Products). The small, large and calendar based, plastic souvenir types that have molded, injection, plastic, scenic inserts inside and are irregular in shape are best for providing a hand painted-folk art feeling. These older snow domes then need to be what we call..."SITE SPECIFIC". In other words, they need to have particular scenic plaques and inside name plaques, customized to the building, attraction or whatever it is representing, and that site only. If you go to this link you will see many examples of this:
http://www.andyzito.com/snowdomes/collection.html

I prefer that they have inside name plaques as well. The more specific the information is on the name plaque, the better. Long naming like the San Miguel Mission, Oldest Church in U.S.A, Santa Fe - New Mexico are wonderful to find.

Why are these such wonderful nostalgia items and so perennially popular? They are Kitschy, and remind me of trips gone by. I traversed the US from Los Angeles to New York and back again by car, each time taking different routes. Both trips were done in the 70's and included parts of route 66, the Louisiana Delta, Monument Valley and the National Parks. They also display easily together for a fun conversation area of your house or apartment.
Be sure and read my article on the Highway Hangouts on this page...
http://www.andyzito.com/snowdomes/editorial.html


Another key reason for collecting is the Christmas aspect. There are lots of wonderful plastic snow dome Christmas figural types. These especially, are the ones that remind us of the snowy days in Winter. This is another nostalgic aspect, since I am in Los Angeles -‘LA LA LAND’, where there are palm trees and sunshine all year long, but I have my snow inside the domes any time I like. Then there are advertising snow domes and globes. The last area of collecting snow domes is Disney related. There are way too many and mostly glass, which I do not collect. The only really wonderful ones, for me were made by Marx and you can see the March Hare dome on...
http://www.andyzito.com/snowdomes/collection.html

Which was made by Marx Toy Company in the 70's I believe. There are about 15 different ones for Alice in Wonderland, Brer Rabbit and all of the Nursery Rhyme characters. Each is an extra large dome and are wonderfully depicted.
So. as I said the older plastic ones, made in Hong Kong in the 60ss to 80s, with specific inside molded plaques and specific name plaques are what we collect and look for. These can be colorful and fun items to collect, display and shake for that dreamy moment that the falling snow inside evokes.

My collection numbers at this time (Dec, 25, 2009) at around 8,100.

The single most valuable figural snow dome is probably a near mint Seated Bugs Bunny issued by Universal Studios in the 70’s and is easily worth $650.

The most I have paid for a single souvenir snow dome is $375. for a rare ‘Iran Air’ snow dome in excellent condition, but it was partially due to paying in GBP, (British pounds) when the dollar was especially weak and that added to it. Also it is an advertising collectible and thus a 'Crossover Collectible'.

The cheapest snow dome came from trading as I happened to have some snow domes someone else had that I paid only a few dollars for and I received a rare Magic Mountain troll figural snow dome from the 70’s that is now easily worth $350.

Most of what I am finding now is from Ebay. I used to trade much more with collectors from all over the world but much of it is being replaced by what comes up on Ebay.

One last note is to say that the currently highly detailed glass snow globes from many travel destinations are becoming so well done that they will likely be included by myself and other serious collectors, especially from remote locations. The ‘IN THE ROUND’ aspects to their designs really tell the story of a cities attractions and landmarks. So they will likely be the next desirable vintage snow globes to collect now.

I hope that helps.

Best,

Andy
e-mail:
andyzito@hotmail.com

website:
http://www.andyzito.com/snowdomes

Articles online:
Incredible Snowdome Collector Article
http://collectibles.about.com/od/collectorprofiles/ig/Andy-Zito-s-Snowdomes/?nl=1

Los Angeles Times interactive display of 50 Vintage California snow domes from my collection:

http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2010/12/50-snow-domes.html

Collector's Weekly article
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/snowglobes

Mia's First Ever Snow Dome Blog!
http://snowdomes.wordpress.com/

Discussion Forum

A new book to add to your Vintage Snow Dome collection library 1 Reply

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Sep 3, 2013.

Collectible Presidential snowdomes

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Jul 9, 2012.

Olympics collectible snow domes and snow globes

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Jul 9, 2012.

Easter!! 1 Reply

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Apr 6, 2012.

any information on this item will help :o) thanks 1 Reply

Started by sarah warburton. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Mar 16, 2012.

50 Snow Domes from the LA Times

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Sep 10, 2011.

New Snow globe video online!!! Please view and respond 1 Reply

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Antiques in Bethania Aug 12, 2011.

Link to the online Los Angeles Times Snow dome article!!!!

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 5, 2010.

Corbin Bernsen has an enormous collection of snow globes ­ nearly 7,000 By Ken Hall

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Dec 2, 2010.

Announcing a great upcoming Snow dome article!!!! 1 Reply

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Nov 21, 2010.

A NEW SNOW DOME BLOG!!!!! 5 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by MyVintageGeneration Jul 28, 2010.

www.thecollectorshow.com Collectors Radio Show

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Jun 12, 2010.

Avoiding Broken Merchandise in the Mail

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Jan 20, 2010.

A brief History of the Snow Globe

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Jan 14, 2010.

Photo Editing software for posting your snow domes 3 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by OutOfTheAttic2u Jan 12, 2010.

Christmas and Holiday Photos and Wishes 2 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by V Van Sant Dec 28, 2009.

Collecting Vintage Souvenir Snow Domes By Andy Zito 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 25, 2009.

Unusual Shape Snow Domes 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 25, 2009.

Calendar Snow Domes 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 25, 2009.

Books About Snow Globes 4 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 24, 2009.

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Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on September 3, 2013 at 12:56am

Hi again,

Here is one more spread from the book 'La Boules a Neige', Which I should have included as it shows the very first snow globe ever issued at the 1889 Exposition in Paris. It is a glass globe on a marble base with a replica of the Eiffel tower inside and a gold decal on the base that say’s ‘PARIS’ It is only one of 2 I know of.

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on September 2, 2013 at 10:29pm
Hi Andy, glad to see you active. How about some new photos?
Dianne
Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on September 2, 2013 at 6:48pm

Hi all Vintage Snow Dome Collectors,

Here's a photo from a snow dome book just published in France:

La Boules a Neige - (balls of snow)

Numerous photos from my collection are include in this beautifully designed and illustrated publication.

Best,

Andy

Comment by Artorable on July 9, 2013 at 10:31am

...101 Dalmations

Comment by Artorable on July 9, 2013 at 10:20am

Late, but as promised. This one is a Disney Musical snow globe Cruela-Devill.

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on February 11, 2013 at 7:46pm
Anyone have Snow Globes of winter scenes? Please post.
Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on October 12, 2012 at 9:04am

 Would love to see some Halloween snow domes...please  postp>

Dianne

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on April 7, 2012 at 2:03pm

Andy, these are special. Happy Easter

Dianne

Comment by vicki hufstetler on April 7, 2012 at 12:56pm

They are really cute Andy - thank you for sharing - Happy Easter!

Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on April 6, 2012 at 5:07pm

Happy Easter Everyone. Please upload any Vintage Easter figurals you may have or seen. Thanks.

Andy

 

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