Friday, June 14, 2013

Little Joe Tower

In the city of Corning, N.Y stands 196' tower that was used by Corning Glass Works as a facility to fabricate thermometer tubing. It was constructed in 1912 and used a technique called "vertical draw" where hot glass was pulled up to the top of the tower creating a continuous glass tube and after it cooled was cut into lengths for thermometers. Today the process is done horizontally and the tower is no longer in use. Little Joe Tower has become a historic figure on the skyline of the city of Corning. The image of the glass blower (gaffer) on the top represents the long history of the glass industry in Corning.

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