Over a Century of History With These Industrial Holophane Light Fixtures

Original Factory Holophanes grace this dining room table

Original Factory Holophanes grace this dining room table

Vintage industrial light fixtures are a sleek lighting accessory for any contemporary home or office. Durable Holophane lighting, in particular, carries with it a powerful history of scientific innovation and industrial applications. “Holophane” comes from the Greek words Holos and Phainein, translated “to appear completely luminous”.

The Holophane Glass story begins in the 1890s when French electric scientist Andre Blondel and Greek engineer Spiridion Psaroudaki covered a glass globe in the laboratory with horizontal prisms positioned to manipulate light. They were awarded a U.S. patent in 1893, when Holophane fixtures were already being manufactured in France and exported across Europe and the U.S.

Otis A. Mygatt acquired the rights for the illumination technology in 1896 and founded the Holophane Company in London. Holophane Glass Company was incorporated in America in 1898, with its first headquarters on Broadway in New York.

Huge strides were made in illumination technology during the Progressive Era of the early 1900s. Holophane Glass Company employed specialized engineers to study the distribution of light. The result was an innovative line of globes and reflectors made of clear crystal glass with prisms constructed to direct rays of light both downward and outward. When General Electric partnered with Holophane in 1911, they combined the classic products with a frosted line of Fostoria glassware.

The company began providing “scientific illumination” to industrial facilities. During the 1920s, Holophane Glass developed “hibay” lighting for the economical illumination of large factories, including the Chevrolet Motor Co. stockroom in Tarrytown, NY, and Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing in East Pittsburgh.

21 in. holophane lights 80 ft. up in old Pennsylvania factory

21 in. holophane lights 80 ft. up in old Pennsylvania factory

Holophane’s influence continued through 1930s, lighting industrial areas and famous spots like Radio City Studios, NY, The House of Lords in England, and Westminster Abbey during the coronation of King George VI. During WWII, Holophane lit war plants and airplane hangars around the world. By 1945, Holophane lighting had penetrated into the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Library of Congress.

Holophane Glass Company coined the term “illumineering” based on the visual and physiological needs of the human eye, a concept that is still pervasive in lighting technology. Through the present day, Holophane continues to research and develop street lighting, fluorescent commercial lighting, contemporary outdoor illumination, and lighting for emergency applications.

Vintage Holophane light fixtures are very popular in upscale auction houses and industrial reclamation circles. The trademark of these “luminaires” is a borosilicate glass refractor or reflector. The prisms direct light both up and down, which is perfect for illuminating a space without glare or dark spots.

Olde Good Things has acquired many of these lights over the years and many commercial and retail customers have purchased these reclaimed lights and put them to use in new applications.  Here you see one customer

Olde Good Things was fortunate to retrieve a collection of Holophane pendant lighting from a century-old plant in New Jersey. These industrial beauties range in size from 15” to 21” in diameter.

Holophane Lighting evenly throws light for maximum illumination

Holophane Lighting evenly throws light for maximum illumination

Visit Olde Good Things to discover more architectural treasures.







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Around the Country with OGT: your go-to source for antiques

Never will you find another privately owned company spreading it’s handmade and antique wares across the country in one jammed packed weekend of antique fleas the way OGT will this weekend.  From Brooklyn, NY to Washington DC.  From Round Top, Texas to Chicago, IL.  From Bloomsburg, PA to Shakopee, MN.  We’re there… yes we are.  That doesn’t include our retail locations in Scranton, PA, Los Angeles and NYC where you’ll find all the usual array of architectural and handmade altered antiques you’ve grown to love and die for.



At these shows we are offering a generous discount.  Purchase any Antique Tin Mirrors & Panels and Farm Tables purchased at any of the shows below and you will receive 25% off. We value our show goers as you can see.

Make sure to connect with us on our Facebook page, we will be shooting a Live Video from the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, PA. Be the first to get a glimpse of our booth and all the Sale Inventory. Lucky for you we will be showcasing there until the October 1st.

So if you are trying to source architectural, altered or original antique items for your renovation, building project or for your home, let us know – we are the go-to source.  With so many networking contacts in the field we can most likely find just about anything!  Let us know and we’ll look in our vast inventory or in our travels and see if we can source just what you are looking for.

Warrenton, TX Round Top Antique Show
Sep 22 – Oct 2, 2016
S. State Highway 237 Round Top, TX

Junk Bonanza at Canterbury Park Shakopee, MN
Sep 22 – 24, 2016
Canterbury Park Shakopee, MN

Burton Antiques Market
Sep 23 – 24, 2016
The Great Geauga County Fairground, 14373 North Cheshire Street, Burton, OH

Bloomsburg Fair, Bloomsburg, PA
Sep 24 – Oct 1, 2016
Bloomsburg Fairground Events, 620 W 3rd St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, USA

Chicago Antique Market
Sep 24 – 25, 2016
Randolph Street Festival, Plumbers Hall, 1340 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL

Clover Market
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 10am – 5 pm
Clover Market, 7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr PA

Eastern Market
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 9:00am – 5:30pm &
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 10am – 5pm
Washington, DC – Call to confirm location

Brooklyn Flea Market, Brooklyn, NY
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 7am – 5pm
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues, Brooklyn, NY, 10 am to 5 pm

Grand Bazaar,  New York, NY
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8am – 5 pm
School Parking Lot, W. 77th & Columbus Ave, New York, NY

Hope to see you there.  Any questions, feel free to call us at 1-888-233-9678

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It’s Time to Show Up

The next few weeks OGT with be spreading it’s Architectural and Altered Antiques all across the country, especially this weekend as well as next weekend. If you are going to be near Columbus, OH, Wilmette, IL, Washington, DC, Brooklyn NY, Ridgewood, NJ, or Long Beach, CA definitely stop by our booth and be wowed. Shows specifics & directions are below. See you this weekend.

Saturday 17, 2016

Columbus OH Country Living Show
Sep 16 – 18, 2016
Ohio Village, Columbus, OH (map)

St Joseph’s Octoberfest in Wilmette
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016
Wilmette, IL (map)

Eastern Market
Sat, September 17, 9:00am – 5:30pm &
Sun, September 18, 10am – 5pm
Washington, DC – Call to confirm location (map)

Brownstoner’s Brooklyn Flea
Sat, September 17, 10am – 5pm
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 176 Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues (map)

Sunday 18, 2016

Ridgewood Fall Crafts & Arts Street Fair
Sunday, Sep 18, 2016
Downtown East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 (map)

Long Beach Flea Market
Sun, September 18, 5:30am – 3:00pm
Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach, CA (map)

Dumbo Flea Market, Brooklyn, NY
Sun, September 18, 7am – 5pm
Anchorage Place (at Water St.), Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza, Brooklyn, NY (map)

This Thursday the 22nd, OGT will be at Warrenton, TX Round Top Antique Show & Junk Bonanza at Canterbury Park. Check out our show calendar for more details, Here.

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Two Stunning Historic Cast Iron Staircases Rescued from Greystone Park Hospital

Final demolition of the Greystone Park State Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey, was unfortunate for the preservationists who fought to keep the structure alive. But for those who were able to salvage a piece of the former asylum’s history, the hospital’s demise threw open a treasure chest of amazing artifacts.

 Photo by Ed Roppo. Greystone Park was featured in the 90s film Marvin’s Room with Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep. It also appeared in the television series House, M.D.

Photo by Ed Roppo. Greystone Park was featured in the 90s film Marvin’s Room with Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep. It also appeared in the television series House, M.D.

The massive Second Empire Victorian hospital opened in 1876 under the name of the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum. It was designed according to the principles of Thomas Story Kirkbride, who initiated a contagious series of similar institutions during this period. Kirkbride structures were meant to be curative to the mentally ill — boasting large, airy spaces with plenty of natural light, a central building, and symmetrical wings set back from the core.

Kirkbride, who was working as a psychiatrist before there was such a thing, believed that mentally ill patients could be cured in months with the right care. He envisioned bright spaces filled with dancing and games and orderly wings that organized patients according to their disorders. Before the rise of these institutions, those suffering from mental illness were lodged in jails, houses for the destitute, or the family cellar.

Kirkbride’s innovative theories were evident in the construction of the 673,706 square foot hospital. Large communal parlors, connected wards, and each tier’s access to private outdoor space are just a few examples of the Kirkbride Plan.

Stunning architectural details  in the final estate included a veritable fortress of gneiss stone walls and sandstone and wood modillion cornices. Decorative tile floors, wood pocket doors, window seats, and vaulted ceilings, along with custom wood sculptures and stained glass windows in the chapel, added to the aura of grandeur and the ambience of healing.

Greystone Park was emptied of its last patients in 2008. The estate was turned over to the State of New Jersey, which held historic tours and events on the premises, bringing in around 60,000 visitors annually.

All proposals to renovate the disintegrating buildings were eventually rejected and, after numerous protests and a long battle between historic preservationists and the state, the final phase of demolition was completed in Fall 2015. Some columns and other architectural elements were preserved on site, with the vast 190 acres set aside for recreational use.

The long-debated destruction of the historic building is significant in that it fueled a whole new preservation movement to save the nation’s historic psychiatric hospitals, including the founding of PreservationWorks, an asylum advocacy group.

A set of formidable cast iron staircases was rescued from the main building before Greystone Park fell. Like their lost brothers and sisters, these staircases feature detailed balustrades, skirting, and risers distinguished by unique Victorian motifs. The staircases are a magnificent tribute to Kinkade’s compassionate vision and a fascinating aspect of history.



The architecturologists of Olde Good Things have carefully removed and catalogued each piece so they can be re-installed into a new building project.  Whoever acquires either one or both of these staircases will have countless great conversations about this  timeless centerpiece.

To find out about other items acquired from this project, inquire by email or call Olde Good Things at 888-233-9678.

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Latest arrival – figural tin panels

Society Hill Playhouse prior to demolition

Society Hill Playhouse prior to demolition

This small century old building which housed a playhouse in the Society Hill old town section of Philadelphia, was once a small theater for people who apparently don’t like conventional theater.

Since the way of theater has changed, the small playhouse owner struggled in recent years, so selling the small Victorian building to developers who will build condominiums in its place.  This is the sad fate of many old buildings these days, the good news being that the architecturologists of Olde Good Things were on the scene, prior to demolition to retrieve some of the great architectural elements from days gone by.

Here you see Olde Good Things salvage  team retrieving the pressed tin ceiling, wainscotting and wall trim which was original to the building.

The salvage team from OGT was on the scene to carefully remove teh tin

The salvage team from OGT was on the scene to carefully remove the tin

An entire wall was done in this unusual tin

An entire wall was done in this unusual tin

Now these panels are available for purchase online as well  as in our New York Stores.   Just email us and let us know you saw these here on the blog or visit us at any one of our Pennsylvania or New York City locations.

Here you see cherubic figural panels finished and ready for purchase

Here you see cherubic figural panels finished and ready for purchase

These are very unusual and will not last so contact us soon if you are interested.  In the nearly 20 years that we have been salvaging antique ceiling tin, we have maybe seen these patterns once or twice.  Figural tin is very desirable, this pattern is perfect for a wine cellar or restaurant atmosphere.  Price for double angels with grapes is $395.00.  Single angel is $175.00.  Urns $150.




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Sunrise Arrival of LA Container

A new container just arrived this morning. Come on down for first grabs. Once it is off-loaded, we will unveil a fresh shipment of  a wide variety of merchandise including all the reclaimed manufactured home furnishings you’ve grown to love, along with salvaged architectural treats from the east coast.   Call us for updates!  We promise you won’t be disappointed!


Downtown Los Angeles
1800 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90015
213-746-8600 or 8611
Mon – Sat 9 am to 6 pm
Sun 10 am to 6 pm

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Upcoming May 2016 Antique and Craft Shows – Come see us!

Upcoming Early May Shows where OGT will be showing – Come see us!


May 6 & 7, 2016  Baltimore FlowerMart, Baltimore MD

The original Flower Mart in Baltimore, MD was the first of its kind in the US. It originated in 1911 and ran under the name Flower Mart until the name was changed to FlowerMart in 2000. It is held in the beautiful Mt Vernon Park and Historic District of Baltimore. Open from 11 am to 8 pm both days.


May 9-15, 2016 Brimfield Antique Market,  Brimfield MA

See us at our regular booths since our beginning at Sturtevants North. Brimfield, Massachusetts, home of the Brimfield Antique Flea Markets, is located in Central Massachusetts just west of the intersection of Rte. 84 and the Massachusetts turnpike (Rte.90) at the crossroads of New England.

May 15, 2016 Clover Mart, Bryn Mawr   PA

Founded in 2010, the Clover Market is a seasonal open-air market featuring over 100 vendors with antiques & collectibles, vintage jewelry & clothing, finely crafted handmade items, and original art. A selection of Philly’s finest food trucks, free crafts & live music complement the lineup. The Market operates in the spring and fall in Bryn Mawr PA, Chestnut Hill PA, Collingswood NJ and indoors January at the historic 23rd Street Armory in Philly for Winter Market.

May 15, 2016 Nyack Famous Street Fair, Nyack NY

The Street Fair will feature 240 exhibitors. Highlighting the show will be a large number of booths with hand made crafts, art and photography located on Broadway and great retail booths set up on Main Street. All types of festival foods will be available, plus a chidlren’s area. This is a not to be missed show and will be held rain or shine.

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Spring 2016 High Point Market begins April 16

Dealers welcome!  We are now setting up at the Spring High Point Market.  We have an amazing selection of all our manufactured altered antiques merchandise carefully handcrafted from reclaimed architectural elements.  You’ll see a great variety of mirrors made from reclaimed copper roofing and 100 year old ceiling tin.  Also lighting, hardware and a selection of home furnishings including a collection of our unique line of tables.

Come see us at the Suites at Market Square on the 1st Floor.  Suite 1-534.  Show Dates are April 16-20, 2016

Hope to see you there!

Here’s just a sampling…

Large selection of full length mirrors being staged at our display at High Point

Large selection of full length mirrors being staged at our display at High Point


Various table tops handmade by our craftsmen on display at Suites at Market Square

As we get more set up – we’ll post more pictures.

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Jam-Packed Outdoor Show Weekend 4/9/16 – 4/10/16


Eastern Market, Washington, DC
Brownstoner’s Brooklyn Flea
Clover Mart, Chestnut Hill, PA
Nyack SpringFest 2016
Dumbo Flea, Brooklyn, NY
Rosebowl Flea Market

Upcoming Show Notice:show_edited-1 (Custom)

Spring High Point Market – April 15-20, 2016
1-528, 1-535 – Suites At Market Square, Floor 1


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OGT pops Brooklyn all of April

If you’re out and about in Brooklyn NY this coming month, stop visit Olde Good Things’ new popup location. Come see our unique architectural finds and our signature salvaged material farm tables, copper mirrors, tin mirrors, tin panels and Altered Antiques!

289 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231
Near the F & G train
Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

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