Snow Dome Collecting
Snow Domes – those little shaky things
I fell in love with, and purchased my first snow dome in a dusty general store next to Ayres Rock in Central Australia in the early 70’s. It was the irony that I loved, when shaken, snowflakes fell on a plastic miniature of the real monolith I could see just outside the window. Over time my collection grew to more than 150 cherished domes, admittedly minuscule compared to Andy Zito’s collection of 4,500.
The snow dome industry started with glass domes in the 1890’s and peaked with the combination of a tourism boom and the development of cheap plastic. Little bits of plastic depicting a destination or theme would be painted and placed inside a plastic dome along with water and ‘snow’, and when shaken a snow storm was created. Later, authenticity was lost when mass market domes with standardised bits of plastic were produced with only external printing or a sticky label to distinguish it from a neighbouring holiday destination.