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Corning in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Little Joe” Thermometer Draw Tower

Corning

 
 
“Little Joe” Thermometer Draw Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 30, 2019
1. “Little Joe” Thermometer Draw Tower Marker
Inscription.  
The old thermometer draw tower stands as a monument to Corning’s technology leadership. When built in 1912, the tower represented a great step forward in tubing production technology – the vertical draw.

Before Corning introduced the patented vertical draw, tubing was made on the factory floor. First, a gather of glass was shaped into a cylinder, which was then stretched horizontally between two workmen as they backed away from each other. The last tubing was drawn in the tower in June 1973. The 185-foot tower is now restored and preserved as a historical landmark. The blue gaffer symbol painted at the top is affectionately known as Little Joe.

Gaffer symbol
The Little Joe gaffer symbol goes back to 1880. It was taken from a sketch made by an itinerant painter who visited a class factory in Pittsburgh. The symbol has undergone a series of graphic modifications, and today is a Corning trademark.

Corning Incorporated
Since its origin in 1851, Corning has been renowned for its expertise in glass technology. One of the company’s earliest products was thermometer tubing, which was hand-drawn for many
“Little Joe” Thermometer Draw Tower image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 30, 2019
2. “Little Joe” Thermometer Draw Tower
years. In 1897, Corning patented a vertical tube-drawing process, beginning a series of innovations that would drive thermometer tubing sales to more than $2 million by 1968.

Over the years, Corning has manufactured many drawn-glass products, including neon tubing, electronic components, and its current flagship product: optical fiber.
 
Location. 42° 8.716′ N, 77° 3.463′ W. Marker is in Corning, New York, in Steuben County. Marker is on Chestnut Street north of W Market Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Riverfront Plaza, Corning NY 14830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Southern Tier Roller Mills (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Centerway Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Market Street Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Concert Hall Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); At This Location an Alliance of Prosperity was Formed (approx. ¼ mile away); Galvin and Haines Insurance (approx. ¼ mile away); Courthouse Park (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corning.
 
Also see . . .
1. Corning. (Submitted on January 4, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Corning Inc. (Wikipedia).
Nearby, "Gaffer on Bench" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 30, 2019
3. Nearby, "Gaffer on Bench"
(Submitted on January 4, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceScience & Medicine
 
Artist dedication plaque image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 30, 2019
4. Artist dedication plaque
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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