The history of glass and the glass industry is so long, that it is sometimes difficult to imagine how much glass heritage was left by our professional predecessors. We at Tempe Glass understand the complexity of the glass industry and market and can envision the long way our counterparts have passed to achieve today’s success. We realize that the glass industry is not limited to glass windows. We understand that the variety of glass types, products, and services can hardly be overstated. We know that it sometimes takes years to produce a small revolution in the glass industry. This is why it is sometimes very useful to stop and look back into the past glass industry developments.
I remember looking at my grandmother’s glass heritage, unique glass products that reflect the major tendencies of the so-called Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG). Tempe Glass professionals know that EAPG has played one of the key roles in the evolution of the entire American glass industry. The history of the pattern can be traced to 1884, when the city of Findlay, Ohio, discovered its first gas well.
The discovery of the drilling site set the stage for the rapid advancement of glass production in Ohio. In a few years, Findlay would have eight glass window makers, two chimney lamp makers, two bottle manufacturers, and even one novelty glass manufacturers. That was not the full list of glass industry players operating in Findlay. Findlay became the cradle for the Columbia Glass Company, which was the first to produce the so-called “Broken Column” design.
The Broken Column design used to be very popular among ordinary customers, and many of them have the examples of the Broken Colum design in their homes. However, we at Tempe Glass believe that the glass industry constantly evolves, and customers looking for unique glass products will always have an opportunity to get something unusual and new.