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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/
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Latest Activity: on Friday

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 (Oct, 01, 2014) at around 10,500

and is filled with many rare and wonderful examples.

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

Please welcome Tina Scotvold! 2 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by tina scotvold on Friday.

The great gift of Easter is hope. Have a hopeful Easter. 1 Reply

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by vicki hufstetler Apr 3.

'Snow Globes for Ashley Grace' 2 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 21.

Wishing you all St. Patrick's Day blessings and all the Luck of the Irish. Bottoms Up! 2 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 21.

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY is approaching. STAY INFLATED

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Jan 29.

HIP AND VERY COOL SNOW DOMES

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Jan 16.

Peace, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 18, 2014.

REPAIRING NEWER RESIN BASED SNOW GLOBES 2 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 14, 2014.

6 Vintage Christmas snow dome sets. Please post any Christmas snow domes or snow globes. 2 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Andy Zito Snow Domes Dec 12, 2014.

NEW SNOW GLOBE SHOW! 3 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Leah Andrews Nov 13, 2014.

An ongoing snow globe exhibit in Cincinnati!

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Nov 13, 2014.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes Oct 27, 2014.

NEWS: Snow globe and Snow Dome Exhibition in Paris 1 Reply

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by Leah Andrews Oct 1, 2014.

MORE ON SNOW DOME AND SNOW GLOBE BOOKS Here are all of the Snow Dome and Snow Globe Books Worldwide. 3 Replies

Started by Andy Zito Snow Domes. Last reply by vicki hufstetler Sep 23, 2014.

Australian snow domes anyone? Here is a group of some of my favorite Australian snow domes. 2 Replies

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My collection is now featured on The Collection of Collections 2 Replies

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Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on July 30, 2015 at 2:33am

Please welcome Tina Scotvold!

Comment by vicki hufstetler on January 18, 2015 at 8:25pm

Oh your very welcome Andy! I'm currently in my "winter down time" mode and am attempting to "clean" my entire collection (Mostly pottery and glass)!

I had little idea that I'd accumulated SO MUCH STUFF! LOL, But in the process, once I get to our upstairs level; My bath is where the rest of my Snow Globe collection is. So, once cleaned, I will add those too!

Thanks very much for this gentleman's number. I will try and see if the cost would justify saving my poor, sick Santa globe. :)

Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on January 18, 2015 at 3:01am

Terrific, thanks so much for posting these. With the movement inside it may be best to send it to a repair person like Dick Heibel. You’ll have to phone him. I’m not sure if this number is current but give it a try and report back: (507) 645-4571.
He would insure that the inner workings are not disturbed.
Best,

Andy

Comment by vicki hufstetler on January 17, 2015 at 6:54pm

Oh those are so cool! Nice to see a young artist trying his hand, and really succeeding with this art form!

I did finally take a few shots of my Christmas Snow Globes/Domes to!

This is an almost new one, that my MIL gave me a few years ago. He's still a cutie though!

My Mom gave me this little Christmas Mouse one that also plays music back in the 80's or 90's. I think it was from "Christmas Around the World aka House of Lloyd".

This is my "sick" one. It was a gift to me also, from my Girlfriend. I think it may have been from Partylite? It's a good quality though, nicely painted, and the globe is very heavy, with a little tea lite candle spot on top. I had a hard time getting a clear shot of it. It's Santa, with toys. Before the "snow turned to snot" LOL it used to be really neat! If you turn it on it would "whirl" the snow around and play music to! That's why I was hoping to repair some day. :)

Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on January 16, 2015 at 5:59pm

HIP AND VERY COOL SNOW DOMES:
ifisihipitshere.com posted these photos of a new A New Kind Of Living. Sculptural Snow Domes by Nathan Prouty.

http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/nathan-prouty-new-kind-livi…/

This exhibition was at the Trisolini Gallery in Athens, Ohio in October 2014.
The gallery is connected to Ohio University and presents Graduate and BFA student thesis exhibitions.
'Sculptor Nathan Prouty’s Graduate Thesis Exhibition, A New Kind of Living, encompasses miniature representations of his own life inside custom made snow domes which, according to the artist, attempt to simultaneously hide and expose his own unease with the world around him.'

Comment by vicki hufstetler on October 27, 2014 at 8:49pm

They are adorable Andy! Especially the kitty! :)

Happy Halloween to you as well! :)

Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on October 27, 2014 at 2:49am

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2014!!!! TO ALL

Comment by Leah Andrews on July 16, 2014 at 8:36pm

Thank you so much Vicki - that's very kind of you. If I can return the favour in any way please don't hesitate to ask :-)

Comment by vicki hufstetler on July 16, 2014 at 7:28pm

Ok thank you Andy! I'll give that a try! I imagine this book will become quite collectible in time as well!

Congratulations to you! :)

Comment by Andy Zito Snow Domes on July 16, 2014 at 7:21pm

Hi Vicki,

There are no authors per se. This was an exhibition at the Le radar -
ESPACE D'ART ACTUEL address- 24 Rue des Cuisiniers, 14400 Bayeux, France.

Date of Exhibition:

22 0Juin 2013
Title: La Boule a neige
Normandie-Impressionniste

BOOK TITLE La Boules a Neige Immersion dans l'art contemorain

Pierre Arduvain as the main person in charge.

It looks like you can contact the Gallery to purchase the book:

LE RADAR

24, rue des cuisiniers

14400 Bayeux

Tél : 02.31.92.78.19

contact@le-radar.fr

Best,

Andy

 

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