Edward Drummond Libbey, American Glassmaker

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McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
Edward Drummond Libbey was a glassmaker, industrialist, artist, innovator and art collector. Both practical and creative, he forever changed the glass industry with the automatic bottle-making machine and automatic sheet glass machine. This work examines the long career of Libbey, particularly his innovation of American flint cut glass, his contributions to the middle-class American table through affordable glassware, and his enormous art glass and painting collections, which eventually formed the basis for the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. Libbey single-handedly revolutionized glassmaking, a craft which had gone virtually unchanged for 2000 years.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 A Crisis in Frogtown
7
2 A Personal and Industrial Genealogy
18
3 Edward Drummond Libbey
31
4 Toledo and Northwest Ohio of the 1880s
46
5 The Business Mens Association
52
6 Florence Scott
61
13 Europe and Expansion
135
14 Grand Opening
152
15 The Story of Flat Glass
158
16 Working on a Legacy
170
17 The Taming of the Lion
179
18 Final Months
188
19 A Model CEO
196
20 An Industrial and Labor Republic
205

7 The Turnaround
71
8 The Columbian World Fair
82
9 Industrialist and Glass Aristocrat
89
10 The Toledo Glass Company
100
11 Signature Years
108
12 The Glass Capitalist
124
21 Industrial Designer and Marketing Genius
212
Chapter Notes
221
Bibliography
227
Index
229
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Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., Ph.D., is an international expert in management, manufacturing and globalization, and the author of several books on American industrial history, capitalism and notable business leaders. He lives in Maumee, Ohio.

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