The tower affectionately called Little Joe was once part of the greater Corning Glass Works and now where the corporate world headquarters sits. Little Joe was built in 1912 to make glass tubes for thermometers after a similar design in England was observed. Before this glass tubes had been made horizontally by glass workers, “gaffers” but a long vertical space that allowed for gravity to help form the tube rather than fighting against the gaffer meant a more consistent tube could be made. While seemingly obvious the tower presented a technological leap that made Corning a leader in tubing production. No longer making tubes Little Joe now serves as a reminder from the past to keep looking toward the future and what shifting your thinking 90 degrees might gain you!
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