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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 302 (289)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 302
Page 302

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 302


partition between two rooms, it illuminates both, of course. In short, it is a glass wall which both originates and transmits light.

Glass ls Valuable

Historically, glass is wellepedigreed, boasting a long and honorable ancestry dating from beginnings which even now are lost in the haze of time. In the years, 2000 to 1500 BC, an important glass industry developed in Egypt; and a complete glass factory was in operation at Tell-el-Amarna in 1370 B.C. In Britain, remains of glass furnaces of the Roman period found near Warrington offer mute proof of the glass industryts venerable age. Later, Renaissance Venice taught most of Europe the fine art of glass-making and it is entirely pos sible that glass houses (for people who shouldnlt throw stones) came into vogue during this period of enlightenment.

Even today, many years after the events chronicled in the last paragraph, glass is still holding its own among the traditional materials*wood, iron, steel, copper, brick-and the late arrivalst plastics, plywood, aluminum and magnesium. Because it combines structural values and aesthetic decor so naturally and so completely, glass remains the inevitable choice of the builder and architect, planning a new theatre or remodeling an existing house. With glass, the desired qualities of art, beauty, transparency, lightness and general joie de vivre can be built into the theatre as an integral part of the structural scheme.

In the brief survey of modern glass given in this article, it has been possible to give only a few highlights of a very extensive field. Those readers who would like further details are referred to current technical literature and the national trade journal advertisements of the manufacturers of structural and decorative glass.

TO THE LEFT are several views of the S. S. Queen Elizabeth, biggest ocean liner of them ail, which makes wide use of glass in many forms thruout its functional and decorative plan. At top is the First-Class Verandah Grill where a liberal use of etched glass panels highlights the smart, modern look. Center is the Cabin-Class Cocktail Bar where strong window units replace portholes and a iudicious use of mirrors provides a spacious effect to a long and rather narrow.-.although beautifully appointedr-room. Bottom is a view of tne UODJI-LAGSS nestaurant wnere once again etched glass panels and large mirrored surfaces create an illusion of still greater width.

TO THE RIGHT is a new use of glass that promises much for the future. Photosensitive glass is a recent development 0! the Coming Glass Works about which much will be heard. Not iust a picture on a glass surface. the color pigment and outline of a photograph on it permeates the entire glass thickness to any desired depth. Because it is possible to bend. etch. and process such glass in any manner common to ordinary glasses. its future as a theatre product is only dependent on the imagination of theatre designers and decorators. It is easy to imagine vast murals or wall insets. lighted from the rear through shadow boxes, that will glow as points of accent in the decorative scheme. Top right is a current Bradford Bachrach picture processed in photosensitive glass. Below it Dr. Thomas Stookey examines a negative and a piece of photosensitive glass prior to inserting them in the printing frame. And bottom, an example of how the color and depth of the picture vary with exposure time. In head-on and side views are two bars of glass that have had seven exposures of different lengths.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 302