… to rhyme with … um… Okay. Primitive man is on a beach
working with two sticks to make a fire. The wood kindles. The group
huddles about for warmth and finally falls asleep. When they awake
… they go about their chores … barely noticing the little
clouded glass beads that formed when the heated sand mixed with ash.
And that was the beginning.
Circa 3000 B.C. Mesopotamia. Things have changed a tad since that
time long ago on that beach. The Mesopotamians are the first people
to deliberately fuse silica and alkali ash in order to make glass
beads. And for the next century or so … these beads are the jewelry
rage among the rulers and the wealthy classes. And now a thousand
2000 B.C. Craftsmen discover that by increasing temperatures, glass
can be made fluid enough to pour into molds. Figurines are invented
… as is ornate jewelry … and perhaps even shot-glasses. Hey …
Baba … you want a little schnapps before going home to the missus.
Pour it in here Cyrus. Ahhhh.
1200 B.C. Babylonia. It’s time to learn how to blow glass. This
process is refined by the Romans and soon Venetian glass is invented.
We zoom with lightning speed to 1904. The time of the Louisiana
Purchase Exhibition in St. Louis, Missouri to commemorate that day
in 1803 when President Jefferson broke the law by purchasing the
Louisiana Territory … an event marking the largest real-estate
deal in U.S. history. Somebody tell The Donald to move over … the
Trump was trumped a long time ago… The Libby Glass Company of
Toledo, Ohio creates a lead crystal glass plate that is nothing
short of magnificent. It’s entitled: Apotheosis of Transportation.
This item is on display at the Smithsonian folks. It is the stunner
of all stunners.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics … and then click on the link that says: Glass in
order to view a dish of a dish.