SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

The Glass Wall: 1954

The Glass Wall: 1954

March 26, 1954. "Becton Dickinson & Co., Rutherford, New Jersey. Glass wall." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

They're Real

Glass Block. Pride of PPG probably. You can see the structural supports provided. Beautiful installation.

So Spacious

What amazes me most about these photos is how incredibly spacious these offices were, not only in floor area but in the height of the ceilings.

A far cry from the claustrophobic cubicles I worked in; ceilings in my office were never this high, and all windows were sealed and the office air re-circulated by pumps on the roof.

I would have loved to work in an office this big....

Those Windows

Remind me of elementary school. Our grade school/Jr. high school must have been built around the same time as this building. That glass block and horizontal window design instantly brought back memories from those days, which is longer ago than I care to admit!

A heavy wall of glass block

An average glass block weighs six pounds, which at 140 blocks per panel here would be closing in on 1000 pounds including mortar. Each panel of blocks looks like it is supported by just a small window frame. Amazing how all that weight is kept in place, the window frames must have been heavy steel.

[Are they bricks or just small panes? - tterrace]

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.