Traveling glassworkers made elaborate pieces of glass to draw in visitors. In this photograph in the Rakow Library’s collection, you can see John T. Backman’s flameworked glass engine, which was powered by steam. Glass artist Bandhu Scott Dunham was inspired to create his own glass steam engine after seeing materials like this photograph in the Rakow’s itinerant glassworker collection. Come see Dunham’s steam engine in action in “Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library,” currently on view at the Rakow Library.
[John T. Backman flameworking glass ship], McCroskey Studio, about 1930–1939, Larry Williams archive, CMGL 152150