Last Updated: May 31, 2018     Views: 132

Thank you for contacting us. 

From the Frequently Asked Questions section on our website: 

"What does the CMoG symbol stand for? 

The CMoG symbol could be a stylized representation of a glory hole, the hole in the side of a glass furnace, used to reheat glass objects while they are being made, but there is no official meaning. In a July 1978 letter from Arthur A. Houghton, a past president of Steuben who was influential to the Corning Glass Center's development, to Otto W. Hilbert, a Corning Glass Works employee, Houghton stated: 

We felt the need of an identifying symbol that would be equally effective if large (as on a highway sign) or small (as on a match box cover or as a printer’s logo.) It was strong, simple, colorful and easily identified and remembered. 

The original logo was similar to the current “bull’s eye” design, but featured a blue outer ring, then a white ring, and a red center ring, which connected to the blue ring with a straight line. 

From that moment to this I have not the vaguest idea what the symbol signifies. You are quite free to interpret the arcane meaning of this masterpiece of art in any way that you wish. If people wonder what it is, and talk and argue at length about it, what more could we want? 

The logo was redrawn and rendered in one color in 1999. The symbol was redrawn to be in proportion with the letterforms used in the square “CMOG” logo." 

I checked with our Archivist who has been processing our institutional archives. So far she has not come across anything that relates to the logo. It is possible that if we previously had documentation that it was lost in the flood of 1972 when many museum records were lost. 

I also checked with Marketing department to see if they have any information. "There is not any documentation about the original logo that I know about, other than the transcript of Arthur Houghton talking about the logo development. I spent time looking into this on a number of occasions. Nothing I could ever find, other than physical examples of the logo on printed materials and ephemera. I DO know a lot about the redo of the logo in 1999, because my wife and I designed it. Happy to relay the story to the researcher or anyone else. -Rob"

You may also want to contact Kris Gable at Corning Inc. Dept. of Archives & Records Management. She would be a good resource to double check with.

I'm not sure how in-depth you are hoping to get here. Please let me know if you have any further questions. You can contact me at the email address listed below.

Comments (1)

  1. I have always felt that the logo is simply an artistic rendering of a catadioptric lens.
    by Bill Mammosser on Jul 17, 2018.

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