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Image ID: 284
Title:David Smith at the glassblower’s bench in the Bryn Athyn glass factory
Source:Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn Archives, Bryn Athyn, PA
Medium:35mm slide
Description: When the glass on the blowpipe needed to be removed to allow another part of it to be worked on, a solid metal rod called a “punty” was used (held by a second glassblower not visible in this photo). One method of blowing flat glass was the “rondel,” a circular disk created by spinning out a “gather” of glass. David Smith (1864-1946) was the principal glassblower.