Last Updated: Mar 29, 2019     Views: 113

Tintype of glass steam engine on display, 1861. CMGL 137821.                 

We have a number of resources on itinerant glassworkers, also known as fancy glass workers or fancy glassblowers. Attached are 2 bibliographies of materials on itinerant glassworkers that may be of interest as well. These are fairly short and confined to the materials we have here, some of which are images/posters/drawings of these glassworkers from the 19th century. We also have a blog post featuring steam engines for our 2017-2018 Curious and Curious Exhibition and a resource guide for Itinerant Glassworkers. Bandhu Dunham uploaded a Glass Machines video on Youtube from 2008 that shows images of how glass steam engines work.  We have more in our special collections and archives, but you would need to visit the library to view these materials, so I would imagine you'd like to start with the information you can get your hands on locally. 

If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at For more information, please see our ILL website.


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