Glass Exhibition Building

Centennial Exhibition
Glass Exhibition Building

Item Info

Item No: c090460
Title: Glass Exhibition Building
Additional Title: Glass Exhibition Building/Gillender & Sons
Series: Lithograph
Media Type: Lithographs
Notes: "Glas Fabrik, Gillinder & Sons, Exposition des glasses."

Lithograph Caption:

This is one of the special manufacturing structures on the Centennial grounds. It has been erected by Gillinder & Sons, glass manufacturers, of Philadelphia, for the exhibition of their peculiar industry. Here the process of making glass-ware for domestic use is exemplified from the melting and blowing of the crude material to the cooling, polishing, cutting, engraving and ornamenting of every species of glass, pitchers, goblets, wine-glasses, tumblers, vases, fancy bottles and other articles. The entire operation, from the crude material to the finished implement, is thus exemplified. The building is large, neat in appearance, and admirably adapted in all particulars for the uses designed. The dimensions are about 100 by 40 feet. The site is west of Machinery Hall, and very near the Fifty-second street entrance, at the foot of George’s Hill.

Among the exhibits in this building are several steam-engines in active operation, every part of which, from boiler to the smallest valve, is made of glass; a glass locomotive capable of drawing two glass cars at the rate of seven miles an hour; a lady’s bonnet of spun glass, which, when laid out in continuous line, would extend 48,000 miles, or twice around the globe. These articles, of no practical utility themselves, illustrate the wonderful capabilities of the material of which they are made, as well as the skill the manufacturers have attained.

Notes: 1 lithograph; 12 x 22 cm.
Notes: Architect: James H. Windrim.
Notes: Removed from: Centennial portfolio / Thompson Westcott. Philadelphia : T. Hunter, 1876.
Notes: The Building, situated in a landscaped field with people strolling and riding in carriages and on horses.
Creator Name: Westcott, Thompson. Centennial portfolio.
Thomas Hunter, lithographer.