Blowpipes: Northwest Ohio Glassmaking in the Gas Boom of the 1880’s

Last month I reviewed a book by Jack Paquette, The Glassmakers Revisited. This led me to another book by Jack, Blowpipes: Northwest Ohio Glassmaking in the Gas Boom of the 1880’s.  Printed in 2002. 557 pages.

Let me begin by telling you what a Blowpipe is, it was used in the bottle manufacturing process and a person would place a molten blob of glass on the end and blow into the pipe to form the bottle.  The other thing is the Gas Boom; pockets of natural gas were discovered in Ohio in the 1800’s. Factories that had been in the Eastern United States saw this natural gas as a free source of power for their factories. Many companies moved to the mid-west and several new companies opened.  This book discusses the over 70 glass companies that opened in Ohio during this time. It covers the history of those glass manufacturers.

Also discussed in the book is the 19th century glassmaking techniques, children in the glass making industry, Fostoria Glass, Libbey Glass, Owens Glass and the Owens Bottle  Machine Company and many other lesser known glass manufacturers.

The book is very interesting and has detailed descriptions of the companies and the glass making techniques of the time. Any collector of early American bottles will find this a useful tool to identify bottles as well as learn some of the history of how the bottle was made and about the manufacturing company.  Also, anyone wanting to learn about the early glass companies in America will find this book very useful.

This book is still in print.  It can be ordered in paper back or hard back versions from the publisher, Xlibris (a division of Random House), toll-free at 1-888-795-4274, or on line at either Xlibris.com or Amazon.com.

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3 Responses to “Blowpipes: Northwest Ohio Glassmaking in the Gas Boom of the 1880’s”

  1. Jack Paquette Says:

    Thanks for reading my book, Blowpipes. I am pleased that you have recommended it to others.

    However, your readers should be aware that the book is still in print. As a matter of fact, as a “print on demand” book, it will never go out of print.

    It can be ordered in paper back or hard back versions from the publisher, Xlibris (a division of Random House), toll-free at 1-888-795-4274, or on line at either Xlibris.com or Amazon.com.

  2. cocacolabottleman Says:

    Jack,
    Thanks for the update on your book still being available. I changed my entry to reflect that it can still be ordered. It is a great book and I enjoyed reading it!
    Thank you,
    Doug

  3. Jack Paquette Says:

    Hi Doug! Thanks for the new entry re the availability of Blowpipes, I truly appreciate your kindness. Jack

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