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I came across these video's on YouTube and found them to be a fascinating look into the glass tableware industry that once thrived in this country and in The Netherlands. The first film was shot at the Seneca Glass factory in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1973. The other two films were shot at the Leerdam factory in The Netherlands in 1918 and are silent. The factory is still going strong today.
As you will see in these videos there was a highly skilled work force in place turning out blown ware, lighting shades, bulbs and an assortment of other glass objects. It is also obvious that the workplace at these factories and at others like it was not the safest or healthiest place to work and there were no child labor laws. The Seneca link above will take you to a Wikipedia page that has a brief history of the Seneca Glass Co.
There are many other great glass factory video’s on YouTube.
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Glass Making, Glass Blowing, "Seneca Glass" 1973
This video was posted by Jeff Quitney on YouTube and is only one of hundreds of documentary films that he has posted on his YouTube site.
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Glass Making, The Leerdam Factory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1918)
This documentary shot at the Leerdam factory in Amsterdam. Documentary about the glassblowing industrie in Leerdam, The Netherlands. Various stages of the production process are shown.
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This documentary shot at the Leerdam factory in Amsterdam. (circa 1918)
The factory shown in the film manufactures e.g. lightbulbs, street lamps, bowls, and cups. Various facets of the production process are captured: melting, glass-blowing, heating, cooling, decorating, modelling, grinding, and glazing. If you ever wondered why the Dutch wear wooden shoes this film will answer that question.