Day 28-29 Corning, NY   Leave a comment

Corning, New York, is home of Corning Glass Company. Seems like every drive, we are in the peak of the leaves turning.

I knew about “corning ware” but had no idea they were into all the other types of glass. They have a wonderful museum with areas of different types of glass. We started out in the contemporary section.

From 1869 to 1938, Mt. Washington Glass Company and its successor, Pairpoint Corporation, made a variety of ornamental glassware to decorate homes. At the height or production, around the turn of the 20th century, the company had more than 1,000 employees. Below is an exhibit of glass made between 1880 and 1928.

Peach Blow glass became popular in March 1886, after the sale of the Morgan Vase, a Chinese porcelain object in a similar color, when it sold at auction for $18,000.

We then entered the Origins of Glassmaking section. In the Stone Age, people created things from materials found in nature. They used obsidian, a natural glass formed by volcanic action.

People first made glass in about 2000 B.C. in Mesopotamia (now Iraq and northern Syria). Later people in China and other areas began to make it.

Micromosaics are glass pictures made from tiny sections of colored glass rods. As many as 1,400 glass sections fit into a square inch, creating the illusion of a painting.

Above is St. Peter’s Square in Rome

We were able to watch one of their glass blowers at work.

Then, one of our guests, Pat, showed us how it was done.

The Glenn Curtiss Museum was a hit with the “guys” more so than the women, although they had a special quilt display that we really enjoyed.

The Curtiss Aerocar, a luxury passenger trailer, or land yacht as it was nic-named, was produced in 1938. It was one of the first “5th wheel” trailers. Because of the high price tag and the poor economy in the 1930s, only a few hundred were built and production ended in 1941, but the 5th wheel is still here.

Horse drawn ladder wagon (1880)

Health Jolting Chair (1890) designed as an exercise chair to strengthen arms and upper torso and help shift internal organs back into their proper place through a rhythmic jolting of the body.

They sure have made improvements over the motorcycle.

Pictured below was familiar to me, My grandmother used to keep her bobby pins in them, but they are actually hair receivers designed to save the hair that has fallen out of your head to make ornamental “hair wreaths.”

We had a lovely luncheon cruise on Keuka Lake on the “Esperenza Rose” at the very peak of the fall colors. It was a gorgeous day!

Pleasant Valley Winery was my favorite of all the wineries I’ve ever been to. Their wines were ALL good and inexpensive on top of that!

Above left is the current day tasting room and above right is what they used to use to wine tasting.


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