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October 21st, 2008
06:15 pm
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Old glass

This house that I currently occupy is a bit of a hodgepodge. The oldest parts of it I would guess date back about 100 years (Hey, this is a young country - that counts as old here!) and I think these windows at one end are original. The glass in them is rippled and of uneven thickness and distorts the reflections of the new punga fronds hanging over the deck. The double reflections, off the front and the back of the pane, are much less noticeable in real life. I think the wetware edits them out.

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Date:October 21st, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
It looks like old "salt glass" windows I've seen in old buildings in Texas. That's a well composed picture.
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Date:October 21st, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Salt glass? I confess, Google is failing me - I can only find references to salt sold in various glass containers. It seems the size of the pane and the ripple in it, and the probable period seem consistant with the "flat drawn sheet" described here. Is it the same thing, do you think?

Edited at 2008-10-21 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Date:October 21st, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
It may well be. I learned the term "salt glass" when I was with the Denton County Historical Society in Texas. It was used in reference to window glass made locally in North Texas for homes and buildings in the area. I'd guess it was made by that same flat drawing process, but I'm not sure.
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