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, September 11, 2009
Reader Writes - Blenko workers in Calif
Keep buying Blenko. Keep telling your friends, and co workers the Blenko story, and continue to send your stories, photos etc.
The new collectors, and the wannabe collectors and I greatly appreciate your words, your photos and your continued support. HJH
I see that we have California readers so i thought that i would tell everything i know about Harrys, trip to California. In or around 1959 Blenko was shut down Harry and three other blenko workers heard about a glass factory in California that needed workers. So the 4 of them piled in dads 58 impala , pooled there money and headed to California. They took turns driving and it still took 3 days of non stop driving. When they stooped for gas or food they would send postcards from that that town. I remember one that read Here lies Lester Moore 4slugs from a44 no less no more. From Tombstone Az. I believe the glass factory was in Santa Ana, they spent a week there blowing glass. Harry called and said that they blew probably 150 peaces and they were excited about there work but the factory was poorly set up,junk everywhere and over 100 inside with an outside temp of 70 so it would probably be 140 in the summer. They talked it over and decided not to stay. So there is a remote possibility of some of these peaces of glass floating around southern cal.
Just a thought, do you have photos, do you know the names of the other workers?