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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 297 (284)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 297
Page 297

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 297

'FOR THE THEATRE INTERIOR glass blocks have a variety of uses. An inset of loss block bl d ' lf into the decorative scheme. These blocks, which are translucent but not trunspaZent, have ieegneiiegtsireve

in cutting air conditioning costs through the eliminati

on 01 windows. An otherwise darkened stairwell

can be attractively highlighted by a glass block inset. They can also serve as barriers.

the casements. The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange-the fifth with white-the sixth with violet. The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the color of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet#a deep blood colOr. Now in no one of the seven apartments was there any lamp or candelabrum, amid the profusion of golden ornaments that lay scattered to and fro or depended from the roof. There was no light of any kind emanate ing from lamp or candle within the suite of chambers. But in the corridors that followed the suite, there stood, opposite to each window, a heavy tripod, bearing a brazier of fire, that projected its rays through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room. And thus were produced a multitude of gaudy and fantastic appearances. But in the western or black chamber the effect of the firelight that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes was ghastly in the extreme and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all?

What the Prince with his extreme artistic tastes would have worked out with the amazing variety of todayls decorative and structural glass at his command is difficult to conjecture. However, for the theatre man planning to build or to modernize, the matter is considerably simplified, resolving itself into a wellconsidered selection of available materials.

Plate Glass Doors

At the theatre entrance, glass doors can give the house an aspect of hospitality, afford a clear View of the lobby, and invite the passersby to enjoy the entertainment within. Tuf-Flex plate glass is designed for exactly this use. In its manufacture it undergoes a special process of reheating and sudden cooling. As a result the outer surfaces are highly compressed, while the central portion is in tension, and this juxtaposition of forces produces a condition highly resistant to breakage.

Tuf-Flex is approximately 3 to 5 times stronger than plate glass in sustaining loads or resisting strain; 5 to 7 times more resistant to ordinary impact; and more than 3 times as resistant to thermal shock. In one drastic but dramatic test, .molten lead was poured on a quartereinch thick pane of Tut-Flex resting on a cake of ice. This would have been curtains and the dustpan for ordinary plate glass. The Tuf-hex specimen was not visibly affected.

This remarkable glass will withstand bending stresses to such an extent that it can be twisted through an angle of 20 degrees or more without breaking. When its limit of resistance is reached, Tuf-Flex does not break like ordinary glass into jagged pieces but disintegrates into small crystals. However, in its superficial aspects it is like ordinary glass. It retains same appearance, clear THEATRE CATALOG 1948-49
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 297