Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Blenko's Most Wanted? Retired Blenko Craftsmen

Where Are They Now? - Retired Blenko Workers
The BLENKO PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP! We 're looking for retired Blenko Craftsmen. We want to add their photos, and their stories to our Blenkoproject - history of the craftsman. I know some of these gentlemen have passed on, but perhaps a family member will have photos, and be willing to share the story. We want to include as many workers as possible, I have a short list - I'm certain there are many others - please add any name you remember - even if you don't know the address. We'll keep searching! If your name is on this list, or you see your neighbors name, ask him to write or phone, perhaps he'll want to tell you about his time at Blenko Glass. We'd like to share photos of glass collections, old photos of glass once made and long forgotten. Factory photos. Whatever. Documenting the history of the Glass factory worker is the goal. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated by the readers of this blog, and perhaps by children doing research on West Virginia Glass years from now. If you don't have a computer I can provide you with a post office box address for mailing. Do you all have photos, postcards, snap shots, or any documentation or addresses phone numbers Etc forthe families of
Peral Lemly Bill Bailey Connie Blake John Worst Clayton Lunsford Raymond Lewis Clarel Chapman Jessie Carpenter Red Powers Jarfly Richmond
Also if you can add to this list of talentedretired workers I would greatly appreciate this.We want to give these gentlemen along with Mr Les . Womack ( I have his address) their own page on the www.blenkoproject.org IF we can get enough photos for them and their glass and their time at Blenko. If you are a family member, a friend or neighbor ask these gentlemen or their families to contact us. 304 437 4647 The Blenko Project - leave a message or better yet Email us. Thank youHillarytheblenkoproject@aol.comwww.blenkoproject.orghttp://media.herald-dispatch.com

1 comment:

annu said...

Hillary, I'm confused why doesn't Blenko give you this information? Or send a letter to former employees asking them to contact you? Or provide you with company photographs of the decades?