15 Crystal Plant of Gus-Khrustalny

Crystal Plant of Gus-Khrustalny

Posted on August 7, 2009 by


The crystal plant is the main and the greatest construction of Gus-Khrustalny, a small Russian town, which was granted its name for the fiver it is located on (Gus) and the crystal (khrustal’) industry. In the 19th century it was known all over the Russian Empire thanks to Ivan Maltsov, who brought in a lot of European innovations, including making Bohemian glass. In war periods the plant was manufacturing various glass mass-produced items, like thermometers, flasks, thermoses and other consumer goods. Later its status of the main crystal plant was reclaimed. In our short but fascinating photo set you can see how the crystal things are made in modern times.



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15 Responses to “Crystal Plant of Gus-Khrustalny”

  1. Saad says:

    Nice imagery

    • partypooper says:

      Images straight from the ’70. Especially that guy with a cigarette (lung cancer anyone?). I just hope they get decent pension as this type of job is really hard…

  2. Out West says:

    My mom’s cousin worked in one of these glass factories in Lvov, Ukraine. They made mirrors, christmas decorations, and everything else imaginable. It was truely a “sweat-shop” but the end products were amazingly beautiful. I still have many ornate decorations that we put up on the Christmas tree. No doubt, these people are real artists.

  3. Vladimir80 says:

    Glass Making is a very attractive art form.

  4. Maddcowe says:

    Can we see more of that woman in the orange t-shirt??

    • partypooper says:

      nope, not unless you get your eyes checked and than thankfully you will not want to see her ever again!!!

  5. YJ says:

    The lighting makes these people look like actors performing on stage.

  6. pimp says:

    They look drunk.

  7. Bela says:

    nice imagery, but, NO SAFETY GLASSES! (to say the least…)

  8. Messmaker says:

    Very nice pics!

  9. jaybeecity says:

    Very cool, interesting subject matter as well.

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