Snow globes are often used in film and literature to symbolise childhood and innocence.
It is not known when snow globes were invented but they were known in France during the early 19th century. Snow globes appeared at the Paris Universal Expo of 1878, and by 1879 at least five companies were producing snow globes and selling them throughout Europe.
In 1889, a snow globe containing a model of the newly built Eiffel Tower was produced to commemorate the International Exposition in Paris, which marked the centenary of the French Revolution. Snow globes became popular in England during the Victorian era and, in the early 1920s, crossed the Atlantic to the United States of America where they became a popular collectors item. In the 1950s, the glass globes started to be made in plastic.