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Glass cutting shop, Corning, ca. 1890
Interior view of a glass cutting shop in Corning, ca. 1890-1900. Belts run from an overhead shaft above the craftsmen. Photo courtesy Rakow Research Library of the Corning Museum of Glass

Corning, New York: The Crystal City

Dubbed "Crystal City" in 1902 by a New York journalist, Corning had two glass factories and more than a dozen glass cutting shops at the turn of the century, employing several thousand workers in the industry. Today the legacy of their glass-making lives on in collections all over the country and in the Corning Museum of Glass. In May 2000 the Museum opened a new permanent exhibit on the history of glass-making in the Crystal City.

Originally submitted by: Amo Houghton,Representative (31st District).

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