Cucumber tube

Image Details

Dates c1840
Title George Stephenson's straightener
Full Description Glass tube of a type made for Stephenson's garden at Tapton House, Derbyshire.

Noted in Samuel Smiles' Life: "At last he had a number of glass cylinders made at Newcastle, for the purpose of an experiment; into these the growing cucumbers were inserted and then he succeeded in growing them perfectly straight".
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