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Timeline of American Glass History

Created by Carole Bess White

A BRIEF TIMELINE

150+ YEARS OF AMERICAN GLASS AND HISTORY

1818-1888

  • New England Glass Co., Cambridge MA

1827

  • First pressed glass tumbler produced by the Boston & Sandwich Company, Boston MA

1828

  • First glass pressing machine patented in America by Deming Jarves of Boston & Sandwich

1834-1951

  • McKee Glass Co., Pittsburgh PA/Jeannette PA

1837-1901

  • Victorian Era (Reign of Queen Victoria)

1850-1920

  • Early American Pattern Glass Era

1861-1865

  • American Civil War

1869-1900

  • Mt. Washington Glass Co., New Bedford MA

1870’s-1930’s

  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Glass, various locations

1880’s-1910

  • Victorian Art Glass Era (Amberina, Burmese, Cranberry, Peach Blow, Wave Crest, etc.)

1880-1915

  • American Brilliant Cut Glass Era

1880-Today

  • Pairpoint Mfg. Co./Pairpoint Crystal Glass Co., New Bedford MA/Sagamore MA

1883

  • Amberina Glass invented by New England Glass Co

1887-1986

  • Fostoria Glass Co., Fostoria OH/Moundsville WVA (1982-Stemware production ceased when Fostoria was sold to the Lancaster Colony Corporation and they ended up closing the factory in 1986)

1887-1962

  • Tiffin Glass Co., Tiffin OH

1888-1925

  • Northwood Glass Company (various locations)

1889-1985

  • Westmoreland Glass Co., E. Liverpool OH/Grapeville PA

1890-1915

  • Custard Glass Era

1892-1935

  • Libbey Glass Co., Toledo OH (1935-Today as a division of Owens-Illinois Glass)

1892-1916

  • C.F. Monroe Glass Co., Meriden CT (Wave Crest)

1894-1903

  • Greentown Glass made by Indiana Tumbler & Goblet Co.

1894-1967

  • Consolidated Lamp & Glass Co., Coraopolis PA

1895-1958

  • A.H. Heisey Glass Co., Newark OH

1896

  • Victorian Peachblow Glass first made

1899-1937

  • MacBeth Evans Co., Charleroi PA
    (1937 became part of Corning Glass Works)

1900-1915

  • Art Noveau Period in America

1900-1930

  • Art Glass Era (Art Noveau Style Tiffany, Steuben, etc.)

1900-1977

  • Federal Glass Co., Columbus OH

1900-Present

  • Jeannette Glass Co., Jeannette PA

1901-1910

  • Edwardian Period (Reign of Edward VII)

1901-1933

  • Fry Glass Co., Rochester PA

1901-1944

  • New Martinsville Glass Co., New Martinsville WVA

1901-1954

  • Cambridge Glass Co., Cambridge OH

1901-1984

  • Imperial Glass Co., Bellaire OH

1902-1956

  • Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Wheeling WVA

1903-1932

  • Liberty Works/Cut Glass Works, Egg Harbor NJ

1903-1972

  • Morgantown Glass Works., Morgantown WVA

1903-Today

  • Steuben Glass Co., Corning NY

1904-1913

  • Dugan Glass Co., Indiana PA

1905-1920

  • Arts and Crafts Period in America

1905-1937

  • Hocking Glass Co., Lancaster OH (Became Anchor Hocking in 1937)

1906-Today

  • Fenton Art Glass Co., Williamstown WVA

1907

  • Indiana Glass Co., Dunkirk IN

1908-1937

  • Lancaster Glass Co., Lancaster OH

1908-1920

  • Carnival Glass Era (Pressed glass with iridized surface; overstock given away as carnival prizes)

1912

  • Lotus Glass Co., Barnesville OH (Decorating Only)

1913-1931

  • Diamond Glass Co., Indiana PA

1914-1918

  • World War I

1916-1930’s

  • Stretch Glass Era

1916-1951

  • Paden City Glass Mfg. Co., Paden City WVA

1925-1940

  • Art Deco Period

  1925 

FOSTORIA GLASS CO. PRODUCED THE FIRST ALL-GLASS DINNER SERVICE, WHICH WAS THE START OF THE “ELEGANT GLASS” ERA.

AUTOMATED MACHINES WERE INVENTED, AND MASS PRODUCED MACHINE-MADE GLASS IMITATING THE “BETTER” ELEGANT GLASS SOON FOLLOWED.  THIS IS NOW CALLED “DEPRESSION GLASS

1925-1955

  • Elegant Glass Era (Mainly handmade colored & crystal glass)

1928-1940’s

  • Depression Glass Era (Mainly machine-made colored glassware)

1929-1939

  • THE GREAT DEPRESSION

1932-1951

  • Akro Agate Co., Clarksburg WVA

1936-1999

  • L.G. Wright Co., New Martinsville WVA

1938-1987

  • St. Clair Glass Co., Ellwood IA

1939-1945

  • World War II

1945-1970

  • Kemple Glass Co., East Palestine OH/Kenova WVA

1950-53

  • Korean War

1950’s

  • Modern Studio Glass Movement

1958

  • Imperial Glass Co. bought assets of A.H. Heisey
  • (“Heisey by Imperial”)

1959-1975

  • Vietnam War (U.S. Involvement 1965-1973)

1960

  • Imperial Glass Co. bought Cambridge Glass Co.

1970-1998

  • Tiara Glass (Part of Lancaster Colony) Dunkirk IA

1973

  • Lenox, Inc. bought Imperial Glass Co.

1978

  • PORTLAND’S RAIN OF GLASS FORMED!

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