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Christmas snowballs and snow is a show simple and magical as to see someone waving a crystal ball to see the snow before falling gently, like a fantastic unreal world. Glass balls with snow have always been intrigued a bit ‘all. Widely known in different countries, are for many the memories of travels, tourist sites, Christmas and birthday parties.
We have a wide assortment of glass balls with different themes: characteristic monuments of the city, famous saints, animals, characters from fairy tales and comic books and various other models.
Christmas Snowballs In History
The place of origin of these curious objects, which are found in the second half of the nineteenth century at the first Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1878, small glass balls containing water and a white powder, were inserted in the news as a paperweight. The following year, the same exhibition was presented a snowball containing the Eiffel Tower recently built, giving the input to a tradition souvenir still spread to every corner of the planet.
At the beginning of ‘900 were craftsmen who dedicated themselves to the production of snowballs especially in Austria, France, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Germany. In 1920 glass balls with snow commercially crossed the Atlantic Ocean when the artisans Germans began to export to America and Canada. These first snowballs exported were mounted on bases where cobalt blue was affixed by hand the name of the city. In 1927, an artist of Pennsylvania began to introduce in the balls of glass figurines that moved like fish, swans or snowmen. The invention was immediately copied by the Japanese in the 30s that began to manufacture glass balls with the base of plastic or ceramic.
The boom in glass balls with snow occurred at the end of the ’30s, when they were put on the market glass balls of all kinds with great variety of snowflakes and mounted on bases of different shape and material. At the beginning of 1939 one of the souvenirs sold in Washington, it was just a snowball containing the statue of the Great American President, imported from Japan. Because of the Second World War naturally this product was no longer available and then a shopkeeper Washington named William Snyder founded the “Atlas Crystal Works” that produced glass balls and soon became one of the largest companies specialized in the field. Since then the market has grown increasingly creating the figure of the collector of glass balls.