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From the 1908 Ornamental Glass Bulletin: "Odd Uses of Glass"

All About Glass

The Ornamental Glass Bulletin:

"It was only a few months ago that plans were drawn for a house to be built of compressed opalescent glass bricks to be erected at Beechhurst; L.I. The house will be built, as regards material, very similar to some small one and two story office buildings which have been erected in Des Moines, Iowa. These buildings have been pronounced indestructible by building experts.

Glass pavements are in use in Lyons, France. These pavements are made of ceramo-crystal, ceramic stone or devitrified glass. They are laid in the form of blocks, eight inches square, each brick containing sixteen parts in the form of checkers. These blocks are so closely fitted together that water cannot pass between them, and the whole pavement looks like one large checkerboard.

This ceramo-crystal pavement, it is said by the manufacturers, has greater resistance than stone. It is a poor conductor of cold, and ice will not form upon it readily. Dirt will not accumulate upon it as easily as upon stone, and it will not retain microbes; it is more durable than stone and just as cheap.

Glass water pipes which have a covering of asphalt to prevent fracture are in use in some parts of Germany. They give thorough protection against moisture in the %%ground%%, against the actions of acids and alkalis, and they cannot be penetrated by gases.

Glass telegraph poles are being manufactured at Grossalmerode, a town near Frankfort, Germany. The glass mass of which the poles are made is strengthened by interlacing and intertwining with strong wire threads. These glass poles have a great advantage over the wooden ones because of their resistance against the ravages of insects in tropical countries and against the climatic influence of rain, wind and ice in other parts.

Dresses of glass cloth have been known for some time. This glass cloth has the same shimmer and brilliancy of color as silk. It is soft to the touch and pliable in the extreme and of so durable a nature that it never wears out.

In addition to glass cloth there are manufactured glass curtains, carpets, table cloths and napkins.

In all the world there is but one collection of glass flowers, and only two men who can make them, it is said. The collection belongs to Harvard University and is on exhibition in the Ware collection on the third floor of the university museum. The maker of them died in 1895 and his son is now well on in middle age. With his death the secret will probably die too."

– New York Sun.

Published on October 18, 2011