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GuntherHess
08-16-2009, 09:54 PM
Anyone have any images of early glass factories. I happened to see this one in an old 1875 journal. They mostly seamed to make specialty glass, lamp shades, fresnel lenses, cut glass crystal, etc.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/2973/932D3C8DAC0B4D7ABA21D529F4D269BE.jpg

cobaltbot
08-17-2009, 12:55 AM
I dream of finding part of a fresnel (sp?) lens in the ocean one day!

There's the image of the Maryland Glass Corp at this website:
http://www.scripophily.net/emdrugcomofb.html

KentOhio
08-17-2009, 01:47 AM
I have a bunch of glass factory images, mostly from the book I wrote. I'll post my favorite three.
The Crown Flint Glass Co., Ravenna, Ohio c. 1885. They made lamp chimneys.


https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/2516/55EE7B54BB7344E3BA64F9840AAA3041.jpg

KentOhio
08-17-2009, 01:49 AM
Day & Williams Glass Works, Kent, Ohio. Photo probably from the 1870s. They made window glass.


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KentOhio
08-17-2009, 01:50 AM
Diamond Glass Works, Ravenna, Ohio, c. 1880s. They made window glass too.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/2516/CD28CB2A199D4036BCED902B457E779D.jpg

pyshodoodle
08-17-2009, 01:53 AM
Wow - I actually know what a Fresnel lens is, thanks to Jimmy Buffett.

GuntherHess
08-17-2009, 01:59 AM
Nice old images Kent. You get the impression these were filthy places[;)]

pyshodoodle
08-17-2009, 02:09 AM
Oh yeah - glass houses & steel mills = filth. My mom's side of the family became very wealthy in Pittsburgh - they had a laundry business. (My mom's uncles are the ones that lost all the family money - my grandmother grew up filthy rich from the way she tells it - she didn't like that, though, cuz it was during the depression)

blobbottlebob
08-17-2009, 02:14 AM
I have a bunch of glass factory images, mostly from the book I wrote.
Hey KentOhio.
Please give yourself a shameless plug. I'd love to know what book you wrote. Thanks!

RedGinger
08-17-2009, 02:34 AM
What's a fresnel lens?

pyshodoodle
08-17-2009, 03:14 AM
It's a lens for a lighthouse. I read "A Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett
Tully goes in search of a fesnel lens for a lighthouse.

GuntherHess
08-17-2009, 11:47 AM
They were also used for other things like train headlights and signal lights.

KentOhio
08-17-2009, 02:01 PM
Shameless plug coming up!

I wrote "Portage County Glass: The 19th Century Glass Industry in Mantua, Kent, New Portage, and Ravenna, Ohio."
There's a posting for it on page 2 of the "suggest a website or resource" category on this forum. I have some pictures and a description of it there.

blobbottlebob
08-17-2009, 10:06 PM
Thanks.