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The first inflatable globe was invented in the 1950's by George Poncy, Sr.. He was a struggling musician in New York City who got the idea after seeing his sons playing with a beach ball. He was experimenting in the budding plastic manufacturing business and made a prototype which his kids used as a replacement beach ball (the first one had since busted). George wound up patenting this earthly device and sold the rights to Hammond Maps where the globes then went "worldwide".

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