Collector: Emily Martin
Collection Statement: Let It Snow

Collector Statement:

"I have been collecting snow globes off and on since 1976, purchasing my first one from the Mission gift shop in San Juan Capistrano, CA, a place where it never snows. I love the absurdity of snow globes and they are my way of recording and remembering my travels. I prefer the cheap plastic tourist snow globes, though trends in tourist souvenirs has made those harder to find.  

More recently, I have added some of the newer style snow globes, mostly from Europe, which have small bases and actual glass globes. I have several smaller collections within the collection of museums, games, and globes with moving parts. I had at one time over 200 snow globes, several moves and de-accessioning have reduced the collection to around 175 individual snow globes.  

Snow globes are acquired or rejected completely by whim. At home, I display them on small shelves between the studs in my furnace room, this is the snow globes first public outing."

Featured Collections List:

  • San Juan Capistrano bottle
  • SFMOA Fog Dome, fancy
  • Guggenheim at night
  • Guggenheim by day
  • Rodin Museum
  • Dinosaur World
  • Wall Drug
  • Walker Art Center
  • Spam Museum
  • Henry Ford Museum
  • Venice, gondola
  • Paris, Eiffel Towers
  • Trafalgar Square, double-decker bus
  • San Francisco, dolphin
  • New Orleans, alligator
  • New York City, Statue of Liberty
  • Boston, lobster
  • Niagara Falls, boat
  • Paris, Ile de France
  • Standing Rock, boat
  • San Francisco, dice
  • Texel, Netherlands
  • Westkapelle, Netherlands
  • Tomar, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Evera, Portugal
  • Algarve, Portugal
  • San Francisco, mermaid
  • Des Moines, dolphin
  • Virginia Beach, dolphin
  • Fisherman's Wharf, crab
  • Miami, starfish
  • Venice, gondola
  • San Francisco, frog
  • New York, heart
  • Des Moines, treasure chest
  • Virginia Beach, treasure chest
  • Monterey, treasure chest
  • Canadian Rockies, bear
  • Miami, flamingos
  • London, Cold stream guard
  • London, Bobby
  • London, Beefeater
  • Cape Hatteras
  • Holland
  • Aruba
  • Dickeyville Grotto
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Bears
  • Iowa Tornado