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American Glass Industries

DATES March 30, 1936 through April 19, 1936
ORGANIZING DEPARTMENT Decorative Arts
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
  • February 11, 1936 The president of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and the Governing Committee of the Brooklyn Museum invitations to leading American manufacturers and designers of glass to participate in the Brooklyn Museum’s 1936 Exhibition of Glass. It will open March 20 to run through April 19. The exhibition has been planned by Miss Harriet Meyer of the Department of Industrial Art, assisted by a staff committee composed of Mr. Herbert B. Tschudy, Curator of Contemporary Art; Mr. John Cooney, Registrar; Miss Christine Krehbiel, Stylist; Mr. Grant Code, Editor; and ex-Officio Mr. Philip N. Youtz, Director.

    The purpose of this exhibition, which will include only glass of American manufacture, is to acquaint the public with the best in contemporary design, craftsmanship and quality, in order to stimulate appreciation and consumer interest in products being currently marketed. The Industrial Art Department of the Brooklyn Central Museum seeks to stimulate the same recognition of industrial arts that is accorded to the fine arts and to imbue the public with a sense of the dignity and high quality of American glass.

    The exhibition will house a comprehensive collection of the best contemporary products of American glass factories and by means of models, photographs and moving picture films show the principles of the technical processes involved in the manufacture of these products.

    The exhibition will contain not only products made of glass, but also illustration of the human aspects of the industry by photographs, working models and moving pictures showing the marvelous technical ingenuity and skill that has made mass production of glass possible. The future trends and future uses for glass will he indicated by leading industrial designers in America.

    The exhibition has been planned to run during the promotional season of the industry in order to stimulate and increase sales in glass of American manufacture and help the economic progress of this great industry.


    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-03_1936, 015.
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  • March 20, 1936 The 1936 Exhibition of The American Glass Industries opened at the Brooklyn Museum with a reception and private view for members and guests of the Museum on Friday evening, March 20. It opens today to the public to run through April 19. Among those present were:

    Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Blum
    Mrs. Ernest G. Metcalfe
    Mr. J. Horvath
    Miss Ella B. Chase
    Mr. Joseph McCarthy
    Mr. G. M. Friedman
    Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Munzenmaier
    Mr. E. H. Adolph
    Mr. M. E. Smith (Burroughs Melcome Co.)
    Dr. and Mrs. M. L. Rower
    Miss Mae Quigg
    Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Sklar
    Mr. John Regan (Crockery and Glass Journal)
    Mr. and Mrs. W. Howhurst
    Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Honham
    Miss Gertrude C. Mouret
    Mr. Victor Brisbois
    Mr. W. R. Quinn (Demuth Glass Works)
    Dr. and Mrs. Royal Abbott
    Mr. J. F. Goggin (Whitall Tatum Company)
    Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Mayham (The American Perfumer & Essential Oil Review)
    Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer Noah (Ball Brother Co.)
    Dr. Cornelia Adeline McConville
    Miss Betty Goldstone
    Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Humphreys Ybry
    Mrs. Bowen Kenan
    Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Prince
    Mrs. Ralph C. Lankler
    Mrs. Louis H. Porter
    Mr. Arthur W. Clement
    Mr. Ernest H. Graesser
    Miss E. E. Graesser
    Mr. Richard Campbel
    Mr. Richard Kelly
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. May
    Mrs. Alexandria R. Harris
    Mr. Sidney Smith
    Mr. and Mrs. Edward Uhlig
    Mr. Paul Martinson
    Mr. O. C. Graham
    Miss M. Balen
    Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Bach
    Mrs. Krehbiel
    Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith
    Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Sweet
    Mr. and Mrs. Philip N. Youtz
    Miss Catherine Scott
    Mr. R. R. Tobin
    Mr. Robert J. Reiley
    Robert J. Reiley, Jr.
    Grant Code, Jr.
    Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Keck
    Miss D.C. Stern (Macy's)
    Mr. J. Stern
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Chase
    Mr. Shuichi Matsumoto
    Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop D. Turney
    Miss Agnes Richmond
    Mr. Hilary Sulkowski
    Mr. Morris C. Greenhouse
    Mr. Malcolm Steiner
    Mr. Mark Steiner
    Mr. Nicolas Macsoud
    Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Colton
    Miss Louise Atkinson
    Dr. L. J. Morton
    Mr. J. A. Lehman
    Mr. A. C. Anderson
    Mr. Tein
    Mr. Mesholoff
    Mrs. G. C. Mouret
    Miss Ditzie Bake
    Mr. W. A. Mollan
    Mr. J. Parager
    Mr. G. J. I. Brewmaster
    Mr. Matin Plage
    Mr. Pettit (Whitall Tatum Co.)
    Mr. and Mrs. Herman de Wetter
    Mrs. K. Larkin
    Mr. Edward Helwig
    Mr. W. Arthur Lee (Glass Digest)
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Young
    Dr. and Mrs. Paul Bassett
    Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Upton
    Dr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Wood
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keough
    Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Hessler
    Miss Elizabeth Coussirant
    Mr. Harry Schoen
    Mr. Theodore A. Hessler

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-03_1936, 031.
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  • March 2, 1936 The following manufacturers and individual designers of glass have accepted the invitation of the Brooklyn Museum to exhibit in the 1936 Exhibition of the American Glass Industries to open with a reception and private view on the evening of March 20, opening to the public Saturday, March 21, and remaining open through April 19.

    American Glassware Manufacturers Association, New York City; American Glass Review, Pittsburgh, Pa., The Anchor Manufacturing Company, New York City; Egmond Arens, Nev York City; Ashlee Publishing Company, New York City; Ball Brothers Company, Muncie, Indiana; Bausch & Lomb Optical Company, Rochester, N. Y.; Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, New York City; Brockway Glass Company, Inc., Brockway, Pa., Cambridge Glass Company, Cambridge, Ohio; Ada Rosario Cocere, New York City; Chicago Eye Shield Co., Chicago, Ill.; Arthur W. Clement, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Corning Glass Works, Corning, N.Y D’Asccnzo Studios, Philadelphia, Pa.; Davis Emergency Equipment Co., New York City; A. de Bethune, New York City; Donald Deskey, New York City; Demuth Glass Works, Inc., Brooklyn, N. Y.; de Vaulchier & Blow, New York City; Duncan & Miller Glass Co., Washington, Pa.; Essex Glass Co., Inc., Newark, N. J.; Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.; Fostoria Glass Company, Moundsville, West. Va.; Gleason-Tiebaut Glass Co., Brooklyn, N. Y.; Glass Container Association, New York City; Haire Publishing Co., Now York City; Frances Cushing Hall, New York City; Virginia Hamill, New York City; Hazel-Atlas Glass Co., Wheeling, West Va.; A. H. Heisey & Co., Newark, Ohio;

    Jeannette Glass Company, Jeannette, Pa.; Gustav Jensen, New York City, Firm of Ely Jacques Kahn, New York City; Kimble Glass Company, Vineland, New Jersey; William Lescaze, New York City; Libbey Glass Manufacturing Co., Toledo, Ohio, Lurelle Guild Associates, New York City; Macbeth-Evans Glass Company, Charleroi, Pa.; James O. Mahoney, New York City; Maryland Glass Corporation, Baltimore, Md.; George S. McKearin, New York City; Mine Safety Appliances Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mississippi Glass Co., New York City; Morgantown Glass Works, Morgrantown, West Va.; New Martinsville Glass Manufacturing Co., New Martinsville, West Va;

    Ogden-Watney Publishers Inc., New York City; O’Gorman Publishing Company, New York City; Owens-Illinois Glass Company, Toledo, Ohio; The Pfaudler Co., Rochester, N. Y.; Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Gilbert Rohde, Now York City; George Sakier, New York City; Salem + Glass Company, Salem. N.J.; Eugene Schoen & Sons, New York City; Professor S. R. Scholes, Department of Glass Technology, N. Y. State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.; Sealed Joints Products Company, New York City; L. Solomon & Son, Inc., New York City; Southwestern Sheet Glass Company, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Steuben Glass, Inc., New York City; Structural Glass Corporation, New York City; George Switzer, New York City;

    Whitall Tatum Co., Miliville, N.J.; Walter-Dorwin Teague, New York City; The National Glass Budget, Pittsburgh, Pa.; United States Glass Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Varlys of America, Inc., New York City; Walter Von Nessen, New York City; Edmondson Warrin Inc., New York City; W. M. Welch Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition has been planned by Miss Harriet B. Moyer of the Department of Industrial Art, assisted by a staff committee composed of Mr. Herbert B. Tschudy, Curator of Contemporary Art; Mr. John Cooney, Registrar; Miss Christine Krehbiel, Stylist; Mr. Grant Code, Editor; and ex-Officio Mr. Philip N. Youtz, Director.

    The purpose of this exhibition, which all include only glass of American manufacture, is to acquaint the public with the best in contemporary design, craftsmanship and quality, in order to stimulate appreciation and consumer interest in products being currently marketed. The Industrial Art Department of the Brooklyn Central Museum seeks to stimulate the same recognition of industrial arts that is accorded to the fine arts and to imbue the public with a sense of the dignity and high quality of American glass.

    The exhibition will house a comprehensive collection of the best contemporary products of American glass factories and by means of models, photographs and moving picture films show, the principles of the technical processes involved in the manufacture of these products.

    The exhibition will contain not only products made of glass, but also illustration of the human aspects of the industry by photographs, working models and moving pictures showing the marvelous technical ingenuity and skill that has made mass production of glass possible. The future trends and future uses for glass will be indicated by leading industrial designers in American.

    The exhibition has been planned to run during the promotional season of the industry in order to stimulate and increase sales in glass of American manufacture and help the economic progress of this great industry.

    Novel uses of glass will be featured, the best contemporary American designs of glass for many familiar and unfamiliar uses of glass will be emphasized, and interesting suggestions for the future adaptation of glass to new uses will be indicated by the 1936 Exhibition of American Glass Industries at the Brooklyn Museum, March 21 to April 19 inclusive. Fibrous glass or glass wool which is used for insulating walls and battleships and may be used for weaving garments and draperies, glass saucepans which may be used for cooking directly over an open flame, opaque glass tiles in various colors, translucent glass bricks and tiles for building walls, sculptured, glass elements for architectural ornament and lighting, glass enamel for lining tanks for the storage, transportation and pasturization of milk and for other purposes, flat glass of all sorts, plate, window, insulating, ultra violet ray transmitting, wired, laminated, shatter proof, bullet proof, prismatic for increased illumination through skylights and curtain walls....all these modern developments of glass will be shown together with the latest designs for plates, bowls, vases, drinking glasses of all sorts, glass ornaments, bottles and other forms of glass containers.

    Through photographs, models, charts and specimens of materials and equipment, the human and technical aspect of the manufacture of glass will be thoroughly shown. An illustrated handbook will be published to which leading experts have contributed articles on the History of Glass, Esthetics of Glass, Flat Glass, Ornamental and Structural Glass for Architectural Use, Fibrous Glass, Glass Containers, Glass Utensils, Glass Enamel, the Art of Making Fine Glass, the Decoration of Glass, and the manufacture of Scientific Glass Instruments.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-03_1936, 033-6.
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  • March 29, 1936 Early American Glass Section
    1936 Exhibition of American Glass Industries Brooklyn Museum
    March 22-April 20

    In connection with the 1936 EXHIBITION AMERICAN GLASS INDUSTRIES at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM, a small group of early American glass will be shown, and an unusually complete set of glass blower's tools. These tools have been lent by Mr. J. H. Edgette of the firm of J. H. Edgette and Helensa Fenrese of New York City. It includes two blow pipes, one for heavy work and one for light; a "second block"; a "pipe pick" for knocking the hardened glass of the pipes; a punty rod; a pair of calipere; shears for cutting bottle necks; a clay block for smoothing out the glass vats, and a piece of flint glass made in a New York state factory. Photographs will also be shown to explain just how these tools are used.

    From the glass collection of Mr. George S. McKearin, illustrating the beat of American work, come a pair of salts and a dark blue vase form South Jersey, as well as a stiegel type flip and articles from the Ohio factories of Mentua, Kent and Eanesville, a coventry mug of most unusual design, and flacks, decenters and pitchers from the New Hampshire works at Keense and Stoddard. From the New York factories there are many examples including a pitcher and vase in dark green bottle glass, an olive green bottle, olive amber bottle and other pieces from the Saratoga factories, a pair of vases blown at Rad wood and a pitcher in a most delighted shade of blue from Lockport.

    Pressed glass in several of the most popular patterns has been lent by friends of the Museum. The pattens shown will include "Westard Ho", "Panelled Gape," "Popcorn" and many others, some of which are very rare and eagerly sought by collectors.

    This section of the 1936 Exhibition American Glass Industries has been arranged by Elizabeth Haynes, Curator of the American Rooms.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-03_1936, 044.
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