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Stopped working on my new house due to poorness; mostly working on small- and medium-scale mapping with PAT, my GIS.

November 21, 2015 Cleveland Window Glass Co's "old man" trademark
  • New Cleveland Window Glass Co page
  • I have several more important trade catalogs that need to be scanned, but they are bound such they can't be processed on my flatbed scanners. Sending them out to be professionally scanned is expensive, and an A3 book-edge scanner is about $1,500, so I am stuck for now. Hopefully I will find a way to get these online soon.
November 14, 2015
  • One new addition to the Library:
    • Solar Prisms in Ornamental Designs by the Solar Prism Company, provided courtesy of the Rakow Research Library, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.
      Deutsches Luxfer-Prismen-Syndikat ad, 1905
      Deutsches Luxfer-Prismen-Syndikat · 1905
      "The glazing of Solar Prisms in ornamental designs is a new departure with us, and the latest development in prismatic lighting." This looks to be leaded glass window designs, so are they cutting up prism tile/sheet and making decorative leaded glass windows with them instead of using flat glass? It's not clear, and I've never seen such a thing.
  • More work on the Solar Prism Company page, including some new ads and Brown's bullseye design patent drawing.
  • Finally took note that the Standard Glass Company of Cleveland made Solar Prism Company's tiles. They both have the same address, though, 222 Champlain! So did Solar actually manufacture their own tiles? Brown is the manager of Standard Glass, and it's his design patent (No. D31,811) which is Solar's trademark bullseye. Note there are many glass companies named Standard Glass; it's the Cleveland one we want.
  • Identified the "C" deco prism tile: it's from the Cleveland Window Glass Company, using James G. Brown's prism patent No. 665,170 (yes, the same Brown again). They also have a plain tile, of course, both of which have the different, alternating prisms on the back (which is what the patent is about).
  • New Deutsches Luxfer-Prismen-Syndikat ad from 1905 (see right)
November 7, 2015 October 31, 2015
  • One new addition to the Library: 1933 Siemens Glas catalog
    • Siemens Glas/Glass/Verre/Vetro/Vidrio, No. 2071-2161. Interestingly, in 1933 Siemens was still making Falconnier-pattern bricks of styles #8, #9 and #10 (though called types 1, 2 and 3). This catalog has multiple translations of glass terminology, which is useful:
      • German:
        • AKTIEN-GESELLSCHAFT FUR GLASINDUSTRIE VORM. FRIEDR. SIEMENS, NEUSATTL bel ELBOGEN, Tschechoslowakei (Böhmen)
        • Siemens-Prismenglas für Glasbetonbau
        • Siemens-Fußbodenplatten
        • Siemens-Glasbausteine
      • English:
        • AKTIEN-GESELLSCHAFT FUR GLASINDUSTRIE VORM. FRIEDR. SIEMENS, (FRDK. SIEMENS LIMITED) NEUSATTL near ELBOGEN, Czechoslovakia (Bohemia)
        • Siemens Prismatical Glass Plates and Stones for every type of Skylights, Floor Plates etc.
        • Siemens Floor Plates
        • Siemens Glass Bricks
      • French:
        • SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME DES VERRERIES ANCIENNE MAISON FRÉD. SIEMENS à NEUSATTL près ELBOGEN, Tohéco-Slovaquie (Bohême)
        • Dalles et Pavés Prismatiques Siemens en Verre pour le Béton Armé
        • Dalles en Verre „Siemens”
        • Briques en Verre „Siemens”
      • Italian:
        • SOCIETÀ ANONIMA PER INDUSTRIA DEL VETRO GIÀ FRIEDR. SIEMENS NEUSATTL presso ELBOGEN, Cecoslovacchia (Boemia)
        • Vetri Prismatici Siemens per costruzioni in Vetro-Cemento armato
        • Piastrelle per Pavimento Siemens
        • Mattoni di Vetro Siemens, cavi, per costruzioni
      • Spanish:
        • SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA DE INDÚSTRIA DEL VIDRIO AMTES FRIEDR. SIEMENS NEUSATTL bel ELBOGEN Checoslovaquia (Bohemia)
        • Baldosas Prismaticas Siemens para cemento armado
        • Baldosas Siemens
        • Pieadras huecas de Vidrio Siemens
  • Identified new prism glass people/companies:
  • Hyatt vs Ingalls and Mark, an 1887 lawsuit that has a lot of interesting first-person testimony from the big players of the time, Hyatt, French, Cornell, Ingalls, Mark, etc, though interspersed with much legal tedium. 511 (small) pages. Of particular interest is the Reply of Thaddeus Hyatt to a Circular of Certain Infringers Denying the Validity of Hyatt's Basement Extension Patent, wherein he describes the development of his basement extension.
Triple-Spike Deck Prism October 24, 2015 October 17, 2015 October 10, 2015 1890 invoice from Berger Mfg to O. M. Scott & Bro October 3, 2015
  • Photos of a Jupiter Prism Company transom in Oakland, California (donated by tile collector Jeff Burke).
  • Cristalleries du Val Saint Lambert One new addition to the Library: Cristalleries du Val Saint Lambert. This 1931 publication is mostly photos with captions on opposite pages, mainly of facilities. No glassmaking is shown, but it's still very interesting. I'll be ebooking this eventually, but for now here are the captions:
    • Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert fondées en 1826. Siège social à Val Saint-Lambert (près Liège) Belgique. Usines à Val Saint-Lambert à Namur (Herbatte) à Jambes à Jemeppe. Edition 1931.
    • Conseil d'Administration: Président: Mr Jean Jadot. Gouverneur de la Société Générale du Belgique. Administrateurs: M.M. le baron Fernand de Macar, M.M. levicomte Auguste de Lantsheere, M.M. Georges Laloux, M.M. Alexandre Galopin, M.M. Hadelin d'Andrimont, M.M. Georges Henry de Frahan. Collège des Commissaires: M.M. Jules Dewez, M.M. Fernand Puissant-Baeyens, M.M. le comte Lous d'Oultremont, M.M. Albert Houtart, M.M. le baron Hermann de Pitteurs de Budingen. Directeur Général: Marcel de Fraipont.
    • Les Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert sont installées sur l'emplacement d'une ancienne abbaye cistercienne du XIIIe siècle, reconstruite vers le milieu du XVIIIe siècle.
    • Quelques rares vestiges de la première abbaye du XIIIe siècle subsistent encore.
    • L'abbaye de Val Saint-Lambert fut abandonnée depuis la révolution française (1789) jusqu'en 1797, date à laquelle elle a été vendue. Elle fut occupée par divers locataires jusqu'en 1826 époque de la fondation des Critalleries.
    • Les Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert ont leur siège social à Val Saint-Lambert, Commune de Seraing, Province de Liège, Belgique. Leurs installations s'étendent sur une superficie de 75 hectares dont 45 hectares de surface bâtie.
    • Les Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert sont actuellement les plus importants établissements de l'es pèce. Elles occupent plus de 4000 ouvriers et ouvrières.
    • Les bureaux de la Direction Générale. Ces bâtiments faisaient partie de l'Abbaye reconstruite vers le milieu du 18e siècle.
    • Habitation du Directeur Générale. Gare de chargement. Habitations d'employés.
    • Une habitation de chef de service.
    • Type de maisons ouvrières construites en 1850.
      Life Drawing class · group portrait with model · 1905 ·  Art Institute of Chicago
      Art Institute of Chicago
      Life Drawing class · 1905 (PNG)
      (Nothing to do with Val Saint-Lambert!)
    • Type de maisons ouvrières construites en 1900.
    • Type de maisons ouvrières construites en 1907.
    • Une allée ombragée dans les Cités ouvrières.
    • Décoration florale de la cour d'honneur.
    • Le kiosque à musique où se font parfois entendre la Société Royale de chant des Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert (200 exécutants) et la Société Royale d'Harmonie des Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert (70 exécutants).
    • Une vue des ateliers au siège social du Val Saint-Lambert.
    • Vues de l'Usine d'Herbatte.
    • Une vue de l'Usine de Jambes.
    • Une vue de l'Usine de Jemeppe-sur-Meuse.
    • Les bureaux at dépôt de Bruxelles. 5, Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains.
    • Pensionnat d'apprentis-verriers.
    • L'Ecole gardienne pour les enfants des membres du personnel.
    • Une section de l'Ecole ménagère.
    • La Cuisine économique.
    • L'Infirmerie. Une des salles d'opération.
    • Une des salles du magasin alimentaire. En 1930 le chiffre des ventes a été de 13 millions de francs.
    • Banquet du Centenaire des Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert, Juin 1926. A la table d'honneur: S.A.R. le Prince Léopold de Belgique — à sa droite: Mr Jean Jadot, Gouverneur de la Société Générale de Belgique et Mr. Wauters, Ministre de l'Industrie et du Travail — à sa gauche: Mr. Henry Jaspar, Premier Ministre, Mr Gaston Grégoire, Gouverneur de la Province de Liège.
    • Centenaire des Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert, 1926. Banquet de 1400 couverts offert aux membres du personnel décorés pour 25 années ou plus de bons services. Honoré de la présence de S.A.R. le Prince Léopold.
    • Décorés Médaille d'Or et première classe (Groupe de 1926)
    • Décorés deuxième classe (Groupe de 1926)
    • Centenaire des Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert, 1926. Le Prince Léopold dans les Cités ouvrières.
    • Visite le 27 Mai 1924 de S.A.I. et R. le Ras Tafari Makonnen, actuellement Empereur d'Ethiopie.
    • Visite du Roi d'Egypte Fouad Ier le 31 Octobre 1927.
    • Visite du Prince et des Princesses Damrong de Siam le 5 Juillet 1930.
    • Visite de LL. AA. ll. le Prince et la Princesse Takamatsu de Japon le 2 Août 1930.
    • Palais du Verre et de la Céramique à l'Exposition de Liège en 1930.
    • Participation des Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert à l'Exposition de Liège, 1930.
    • Participation des Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert à l'Exposition de Liège, 1930. La fontaine lumineuse.
    • Le vase du Royaume de Belgique portant les écussons des neuf provinces.
September 26, 2015
Champion Iron Works
Champion Iron Works · ca 1907
September 19, 2015
American Prismatic Light Co. cover
American Prismatic Light Co. cover · 1901
Winterthur Digital Collections

American Prismatic Light Co. cover
Tout from Mombel-Bossart & Fils · 1905
September 12, 2015
  • One new addition to the Library: Haywards Ltd catalog, ca 1920. This covers their entire product line, not just pavement lights. Sadly, the cover is missing, so it's just pages 2-61. Sections:
    • Pavement Lights
    • Floor & Roof Lights
      Hayward Ltd catalogue
      Haywards Ltd Catalog · ca 1920
    • Insulating Lights
    • Patent Cellar Flaps
    • Reflecting Stallboard Lights
    • Daylight Increasing Prismatic Glazings and Reflectors, etc.
    • "Pludelux" Prismatic Glass
    • Daylight Reflectors
    • Coal Plates
    • Iron Staircases
    • Improved Ventilators
    • Boilers and Radiators
    • Improved Stable Fittings
    • Patent "Jhilmil" [fire-resisting steel lath]
    • Patent "Putty-Grooved" Steel Sashes
    • Standard Cast-Iron Sashes
    • Patent "Putty-Grooved" Steel Casements
    • Fittings for Sashes and Casements
    • Patent Steel Collapsible Gates
    • Steel Doors
    • Leaded Glazing & Casements
    • "Reform" Patent Roof Glazing
    • "Reform" Skylights
    • Standard Glazed Dome Skylights
    • Ornamental Ironwork
    • Motor Garage
    • "Copperlite" Fire-Resisting Partitions
September 5, 2015
1905 Letter to Charles Demol
Mombel to Charles Demol · 1905
August 29, 2015
  • One new addition to the Library: "Berger's Raydiant Sidewalk Lights" by The Berger Mfg Co, Canton, 1916 (fully scanned now).
August 22, 2015
Falconnier bricks at the Bella Vista
Falconnier bricks at the «Bella Vista»
August 18, 2015
  • Four more additions to the Library, but none of them are mine:
    West St Pole Line, NYC, 1898
    West St Pole Line, NYC · 1898
  • Added two new Deutsche Glasbau-Gesellschaft patents:
    • Swiss patent No. 112,921 by DGG and Beschränkter Haftung: "Verschalungselement zur Herstellung der Betontragrippen von durch Glaskörper gebildeten raumabschliessenden Bauteilen", dated 1925.
    • UK patent No. 397,371: "Improvements in Moulds for use in the Construction of Floor Slabs, Wall Panels, Pavement Lights, Windows and the like of Glass Framed in Ferroconcrete", dated 1933.
  • Photo of the corner of West St and ???, New York City, 1898 [see above right], showing a telegraph pole in front of L. D. Fredericks & Co with more than 32 crossarms visible— the pole extends out of the top of the frame so there are actually yet more.
  • I have some duplicates of the "Sur les fils télégraphiques" postcard line now, and am looking to trade for more in the series. There were seven more "lovlies"-type postcards in the lot of ten that I bought, so I added them to the postcards page too, just because.
August 15, 2015 August 8, 2015
CD 252 Hemingray-62
CD 252 Hemingray-62 LOWEX in olive amber CD 252 Hemingray-62 flashed amber
dark olive amber flashed amber
  • Rare new addition to the insulator collection: CD 252 Hemingray-62 LOWEX in dark olive amber (right); already had the more common flashed amber.
  • Hyatt Brothers / Thaddeus Hyatt & Co get their own page
  • New cut of a sidewalk vault from the 1865 Badger's Illustrations of Iron Architecture Made by The Architectural Iron Works of the City of New York
  • New Condie-Neale Glass Company postcard (fairly boring actually, but all CNGC paper is rare)
  • More boring paper: a letter from Brown Brothers wondering about payment on a draft
  • Nice new Solar Prism Company postal cover (right)
  • Several new US vault light makers identified, mostly from White-Orr's Reference Register for 1918-19 (NYC):
    • Wm. H. Addoms & Co, Inc
    • James C. Calder
    • Davis, Carpenter & Co
    • Geo. M. Davis
      Solar Prism Co postal cover, 1905
      Solar Prism Co postal cover · 1905
    • A. De Mateo
    • Enterprise Prism Co
    • Humboldt Iron Works
    • Insert Vault Light Corporation
    • Johnson Brothers
    • Maltby Prism Co aka Maltby Reflector & Prism Co
    • Manhattan Prism Glass Co
    • Theo. W. Morris & Co
    • Manhattan Vault Light Co
    • Mullen Replaceable Vault Light Co
    • H. Neustein
    • Peerless Prism Co
    • Pressed Prism Plate Glass Co
    • Riehl & Dugro
    • Shapiro Iron Works Co
    • United States Vault Light Co, Inc
    • Vault Light Corporation
    • Westing & Hafer
  • Added two more catalogs to the Library:
The Beaver brought paper, portfolio, pens
The Beaver brought paper, portfolio, pens
The Hunting of the Snark, Fit the Fifth:
The Beaver's Lesson — Lewis Carroll
Illustration by Henry Holiday · 1876
August 1, 2015 July 25, 2015 July 18, 2015 July 11, 2015 July 4, 2015 March 7, 2015
Vault lights in Tijuana, Mexico
Vault lights in Tijuana, Mexico