LYNCHBURG GLASS CORPORATION
This glass manufacturing company, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, began under the name Lynchburg Glass Works, with production commencing in early 1919. The location were the plant once stood is near the intersection of Ann and Hudson Streets.
Various types of glass bottles were made, primarily soda bottles (including Coca-Cola) and clear (“flint”) prescription /pharmaceutical bottles. Some of the containers can be identified by the odd dull smoky-gray tint of the glass. The identification mark seen on some bottles made during this period is “Lbg” in a cursive orientation.
A fire occurred in the fall of 1921, and even though the factory buildings that had been affected were eventually rebuilt, the company was increasingly in financial trouble. In 1922, the works were sold, and a new company was reorganized to become known as “Lynchburg Glass Corporation”.
Lynchburg Glass Corporation apparently did not actually produce glass until the fall of 1923. They made almost entirely glass insulators, as well as some fruit jars. The LGC lasted for a relatively short length of time: approximately 44 months of actual production, all within the 1923-1925 time frame. Recurrent production problems led to several stops and starts during that period. Over four million insulators were produced (a rather miniscule number in comparison to the output of insulator manufacturing “giants” like Hemingray and Brookfield), yet they were quite widely distributed throughout the United States.
The most commonly encountered Lynchburg insulator styles are CD 162 (No. 36), CD 106 (No. 9) , CD 164 (No. 38 / 38-20) and CD 154 (No. 44).
Colors produced include shades of aqua, several shades of green including yellow green, sage green, olive green and “medium” green, ginger ale, smokey gray, straw, a pale peachy-pink tint, light blue, clear and off-clear. There are many slightly different “in-between” colors that defy exact color term definition.
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