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Kathi B
01:00 PM ET (US)
Thank you for your response, Tom. I am actually planning on taking a trip this summer to visit the museum. I'll try and leave some time to look at it while I'm there. Thanks again!
Ray Hersom
11:43 AM ET (US)
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Tom Felt
11:41 AM ET (US)
Kathi B. Sorry, I've not had any contact with the authors for a number of years now. I believe one (or both) of them were having some health issues, so I'm sorry to hear that they are no longer actively keeping up the website. The books are really worthwhile. Unfortunately, we only have a single copy of the set in our library. If you are anywhere near Weston, you are welcome to come see us and use it onsite.
Tom Felt
11:35 AM ET (US)
Thanks, Carol!
Carol Roop
09:39 PM ET (US)

Found this Pitman Dreitzer glass that had the patent only on site. Thought you may want to add as a sample. I have more pics inside other views if you like.
Kathi B
08:44 PM ET (US)
Good Evening!

A few years ago there was a book written about Fran Taylor and Gay Fad Studios. This book, titled "Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy", was self-published. I've been interested in purchasing this book but the website where it was sold no longer seems to be active, and I've not had any luck contacting the authors. Do you have any information about where i might be able to obtain a copy of this work? Thank you!
Tom Felt
11:47 AM ET (US)

Your green plate is part of Consolidated's Catalonian line, ca. 1929. It was listed as a "service plate."
Tom Felt
11:42 AM ET (US)
According to Leslie Pina's Crackle Glass Too, Blue Del was located on 10th Street and Eighth Avenue in Huntington, and she describes it as a "factory" that operated from 1940 to 1950, but to the best of my knowledge, they were actually a florist shop. They must have had glass made for them, with Blenko being a good possibility, but they could also have acquired glass from Emch, Moncer, or Spring Valley, who were all making very similar glassware in the 1940s in Huntington.
Tom Burton
04:47 PM ET (US)

This is the back of the plate.
Tom Burton
04:46 PM ET (US)

Have you ever seen anything like this plate? It's 10" across & weighs more than 2 1/2 lbs.
Tom Burton
04:43 PM ET (US)

Hi, I'm wondering if you can help me with a couple items. The first is a set of glasses with a "Blue Del" label. That's how I came to you guys, you have a vase with the same label. I've got a message into Blenko Glass Co. asking if maybe they were commissioned from them in the 40's or 50's. I seen it written that Blue Del was a flower shop in Huntington.
03:41 PM ET (US)
LOL - I thought maybe you were swearing at me :)

I don't think the site asked me for an email address when I posted yesterday. I'll send an email to the museum email address - hopefully you have access to that or whoever does can forward it to you so you'll have my address.

My color data was also captured from journals and catalogs, but I think I was also pulling in information from published books on the different factories. I noted the source(s) for each entry, though, so that I could later tell where I got my information. It was a lot of work, but a labor of love. Tom had a copy of the work-in-progress but his got lost then I lost mine too. Very painful. We didn't have Cloud backup in those days. I can tell you for sure it will get backed up this time!

Looking forward to seeing what you already have put together. My other dream was to build on the work that was done by the Welkers many years ago and add references that came out after they published their book. I understand they did that whole project on index cards. I can't even imagine.

It may sound funny, but this feels like coming home. I don't miss collecting so much, but I really miss the researching, camaraderie with other researchers, and occasional mystery solving. The most exciting was probably discovering an ad in one of my old wholesale catalogs that confirmed a lot of suspected Northwood carnival patterns as truly being Northwood. Glen Thistlewood was thrilled when I found that and sent it to her.

Anyway, I'm not retired yet, so I had better get back to work.

More later,
Tom Felt
03:09 PM ET (US)
I don't know what happened with my reply, but here's what it was supposed to say:

Nice to hear from you again after so long. Congratulations on the upcoming retirement -- I can guarantee you're going to enjoy it!

Sorry you lost your color research data, but hopefully I can help you, since I started working on a very similar project a few years ago. It's still ongoing, so very much incomplete, but attached is a copy of what I've got so far. I am only putting colors that I can actually document from trade journals or catalogs, with the earliest and last dates I could find for them. A date in red means it was confirmed as a "new" color by the source (or I had a sequence of catalogs and it was the first catalog that color appears in). "Ending" dates can be problematic, because often trade journals just mentioned "colors" without being specific, so many of these colors probably continued to be made years after the last dates I was able to document. Anyway, this may give you a "jump-start" to get back to your project.

[Maybe the problem was trying to add an attachment. If you did not receive it through your email program, let me know and I'll try to find another way to send it.]
Tom Felt
02:35 PM ET (US)
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07:32 PM ET (US)
Oh my goodness. I have been away from the glass collecting world for several years and am finding I really miss it.

Tom, you and I used to correspond occasionally and you jokingly called me "Rakow West". Anyway, I'll be retiring later this year and would really like to get back into some of the research I was doing. Tom Bredehoft and I were working on a compendium of colors produced by different companies and their dates and I unfortunately lost all the data I had compiled. It was so disheartening to lose so many hours of work. I still have all those trade journals and catalogs, though, so it can be rebuilt. Hoping retirement travels will take me out to glass country and the museum.

So, just saying "hi"!

Tom Felt
06:33 PM ET (US)
Hi, Karen - Sorry, I can't be certain who made this lamp. A possibility is the Beaumont Company in Morgantown (ca. 1950s-1970s), since they made other lamps with this thumb print optic, but I don't find this specific shape in any of our catalogs. Other companies made glass lamp parts, though, so it's impossible to be certain. Tom at the Museum of American Glass in WV.
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