1940s glass blowers revealed from scanning glass plates

Thomas William Wingent, born in 1904, was a member of The Society of Glass Technology (SGT) from 1942 to 1959. A society for individuals and organisations with a professional interest in glass manufacture and usage. SGT was founded in Sheffield in 1917.

A selection of glass plate negatives from the 1940s, reveal fascinating photos of glass blowing technicians and various tools and apparatus.

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Thomas William Wingent at his work bench, constructing a large glass apparatus

A glass blower working with vacuum with a 3 headed burner torch

Working at a large glass tube, equipped with googles and a torch
A set of glass blower tools, consisting of different shaped formers and pinchers (used to pull the molten glass)
A selection of 4 glass vacuum vessels as in TV and radio valves.
Glass vacuum bulb with possibly a fluorescent panel with separate square frame with 4 electro magnets to maybe fit on tubular part of vessel
2 long vacuum tubes, possibly magnetrons (electron guns) as part of cathode ray tube (CRT)
Large glass tubular vessel bolted to metal item
On steps adjusting electro magnets around a large glass tube
Rotunda apparatus 30 to 40 feet diameter with steps and hand railed gallery. Consisting of lots of electrical switches and other flexible pipework
Massive circular device consisting of about 10 segments using electricity, gas ,water, oil or steam. Approximate size 5 ft high by 10 ft diameter.
Inspecting large outdoor equipment with 6 condensers with frosted pipes (could contain liquid co2 or o2)

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