Leading glassware manufacturers of 35 years ago and their status in 1927

The listing is of glass companies in existence in 1892

[Trade Journal]

Publication: American Glass Review

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
vol. 47, no. 1, p. 15-16, col. 1-2


Leading Manufacturers of Glassware

of 35 Years Ago

 

SEVERAL veterans of the flint glass trade met accidentally last week in Pittsburgh and began discussing the "good old days" of 35 years and more ago. The chronicler was permitted to hear the discussion of this factory and that town and gained much interesting, romantic and anecdotal information of the glassware trade and its leading manufacturers in the early 'nineties of the last century.

In order to substantiate some company names and other facts, a glass industry directory of 35 years ago was consulted. The facts disclosed were most interesting and it was felt that many veterans of glassware buyers and salesmen as well as manufacturers might enjoy reading over again the names of the companies which were making ware and history in 1892 and thereabouts.

Thirty-five years ago factories still were active that today are looked upon as producers of Early American ware. Few of the factores [sic] factories continue under the same or similar names today while most of those producing glassware 35 years ago are gone from the activities of production. Many of the towns which boasted quite sizable and active glassware factories in 1892 today no longer are known in the glass industry.

May we not recall to the veterans of the glassware trade pleasant memories of the old days by the re-naming of the factories of 35 years ago! We hope so and they are appended with notation as to their relation to the present day:

The flint glass, or glassware, manufacturing of 1892 was centered in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

Pennsylvania factories of 35 years ago were:

Adams & Co., Pittsburgh (Now Factory "A" United States Glass Co.)

Architectural Glass Co., Sharpsburg, (out of business)

Atterbury & Co., Pittsburgh, (out of business.)

Agnew & Co., Hulton, (Out of business.)

Bryce Bros Co., Pittsburgh, (Now Mt. Pleasant, Pa.)

Bryce, Higbee & Co., Homestead, (Out of business.)

Braddock Glass Co., Rankin Station, (Out of business.)

California Glass Co., California, (Out of business.)

Connellsville Flint Glass Co., Connellsville, (Out of business.)

Co-Operative Flint Glass Co., Beaver Falls, (Still active.)

Challinor, Taylor & Co., Tarentum, (Out of business.)

Dithridge Glass Co., New Brighton, (Out of business.)

Doyle & Co., Pittsburgh, (Now United States Glass Co.)

George Duncan & Sons, Pittsburgh, (Now Duncan & Miller Glass Co., Washington, Pa.)

Dorflinger & Sons, While Mills, (Out of business.)

Thos. Evans & Co., Pittsburgh, (Now Macbeth-Evans Glass Co.)

Excelsior Glass Co., Pittsburgh, (Out of business.)

Everett Glass Co., Everett, (Out of business.)

C. L. Flaccus Glass Co., Tarentum, (Now making bottles)

H. C. Fox & Co., Philadelphia, (Out of business.)

Fort Pitt Glass Co., Jeannette, (Now Ft. Pitt-Jeannette Glass Co.)

Gill & Co., Philadelphia (Still active.)

Gillinder & Sons, Philadelphia, (Still active.)

Greensburg Glass Co., Greensburg, (Now L. E. Smith Glass Co.)

Hogan, Evans & Co., Ltd., Pittsburgh, (Out of business.)

Hazel Glass Co., Washington, (Now Hazel-Atlas Glass Co.)

Jones, Cavitt & Co., Ltd., Pittsburgh, (Out of business.)

King Glass Co., Pittsburgh, (Now United States Glass Co.)

McKee & Brother, Jeannette, (Now McKee Glass Co.)

G. A. Macbeth & Co., Pittsburgh, (Now Macbeth-Evans Glass Co.)

Wm. McCuIly & Co., Pittsburgh, (Out of business.)

J. J. Murray & Co., Philadelphia, (Out of business.)

New Brighton Glass Co., New Brighton, (Out of business)

O'Hara Glass Co., New Brighton, (Out of business.)

Peerless Glass Works, Pittsburgh, (Out of business)

Phoenix Glass Co., Phillipsburg, (Now at Monaca, Pa.)

Point Glass Co., Rochester, (Destroyed by flood.)

Pittsburgh Glass Novelty Co., Chartiers, (Out of business.)

Ripley & Co., Pittsburgh, (Now United States Glass Co.)

Richards & Hartley Glass Co., Tarentum, (Out of business.)

Rochester Tumbler Works; Rochester, (Out of business.)

Rohrbacher & Herman, Philadelphia, (Out of business.)

Standard Flint Glass Works, Paschalville, (Out of business.)

Thompson Glass Co., Uniontown, (Out of business.)

Tibby Bros., Sharpsburg, (Out of business.)

Westmoreland Specialty Co., Grapeville, (Now Westmoreland Glass Co.)

West Penn Glass.Works, Blairsville, (Out of business.)

T. Wightinan & Co., Parkers Landing, (Now making bottles.)

Whitney Glass Co., Philadelphia, (Out of business.)

Washington Glass Co., Washington, (Out of business.)

Wormser Co., Pittsburgh, (Still active.)

Windsor Glass Co., Pittsburgh, (Out of business.)

Warren Glass Works, Uniontown, (Out of business.)

Valley Glass Co., Beaver Falls, (Out of business.)

OHIO FACTORIES IN 1892

Buckeye Glass Novelty Co., Bowling Green, (Out of business.)

A. J. Beatty & Sons, Tiffin, (Now Federal Glass Co., Columbus.)

Bellaire Goblet Works, Findlay, (Out of business.)

Belmont Glass Works, Bellaire, (Now Belmont Tumbler Co.)

Birckeye Glass Co., Martins Ferry, (Out of business.)

Brilliant Glass Works, Brilliant, (Still active).

C. W. McLean Glass Works, Toledo, (Out of business.)

Crown Glass Co., Ravenna, (Out of business.)

Crystal City Glass Co., Bowling Green, (Out of business.)

Canton Glass Co., Canton, (Now at Marion, Ind.)

Crystal Glass Co., Bridgeport, (Out of business.)

Columbia Glass Co., Findlay, (Out of business.)

Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton, Findlay, (Out of business.)

Elson Glass Co., Martins Ferry, (Out of business.)

Eagle Lead Flint Glass Works, Ravenna, (Out of business.)

Fostoria Glass Co.. Fostoria, (Now at Moundsville, W. Va.)

Fostoria Shade & Lamp Co., Fostoria, (Out of business.)

Fostoria Novelty Glass Co., Fostoria, (Out of business.)

Findlay Flint Glass Co., Findlay, (Out of business.)

Gill Bros. & Co., Steubenville, (Out of business.)

Humphrey Glass Co., Steubenville, (Out of business.)

W. L Libbev & Son. Toledo. (Now Libbey Glass Mfg. Co.)

Lippincott Glass Co., Findlay, (Out of business.)

Model Glass Works, Findlay, (Out of business.)

Mosaic Glass Co., Fostoria, (Out of business.)

Nickel Plate Glass Co., Fostoria, (Out of business.)

Northwood Co., Martins Ferry, (Out of business.)

S. O. Richardson & Co., Findlay, (Out of business.)

Rodefer Bros., Findlay, (Now Rodefer Glass Co., Bellaire.)

Specialty Glass Co., East Liverpool, (Out of business.)

Zihlman Glass Works; North Baltimore, (Now Huntington Tumbler Co., Huntington, W. Va.)

NEW YORK FACTORIES IN 1892

Chas. Brox., Port Jervis, (Now Gillinder Bros. Co.)

Concord Street Works, Brooklyn, (Out of business.)

N. Dannenhoffer, Brooklyn, (Dannenhoffer Glass Works.)

Demuth Bros., Brooklyn, (Now Demuth Glass Mfg. Co.)

Electrical Glass Co., Ravenswood, (Out of business.)

E. P. Gleason Co., Brooklyn, (Now Gleason-Tiebout Glass Co.)

Empire State Glass Works, Brooklyn, (Out of business.)

J. H. Huwer, Brooklyn, (Out of business.)

Corning Glass Co., Corning, (Now Corning Glass Wks.)

Haggerty Bros., Brooklyn, (Out of business.)

L. Heidt, Brooklyn, (Out of business.)

Mayer Bros., Brooklyn, (Out of business.)

Wm. Pountenay, Port Jervis, (Out of business.)

East River Flint Glass Wks., Brooklyn, (Out of business.)

WEST VIRGINIA FACTORIES

Brook Glass Co., Wellsburg, (Out of business.)

Central Glass Co., Wheeling (Now Central Glass Wks.)

Eagle Glass Co., Wellsburg, (Now Eagle Mfg. Co.)

Hobbs Glass Co., Wheeling, (Out of business.)

Lazear Glass Co., Lazearville, (Out of business.)

North Wheeling Glass Co., Wheeling, (Out of business.)

Riverside Glass Works, Wheeling, (Out of business.)

Standard Glass Co., Wellsburg, (Out of business.)

IN OTHER STATES

Allison-Obear Glass Co., St. Louis, Mo. (Now Obear-Nestor Glass Co., bottle makers.)

Artistic Glass Co., Denver, Col., (Out of business.)

Atlanta Glass Co., Atlanta, Ga., (Out of business.)

Buena Vista-Glass Co., Buena Vista, Va. (Out of business)

Baker Bros., Baltimore, Md., (Out of business.)

Boston & Sandwich Co., Sandwich, Mass., (Out of business.)

Cumberland Tumbler Works, Cumberland, Md., (Out of business.)

Denver Glass Co., Denver, Col., (Out of business.)

E. de La Chapelle & Co., Ottawa, Ill. (Out of business.)

Falls City Glass Co., Muncie, Ind., (Out of business.)

Hemingray Glass Co., Muncie, Ind., (Still active.)

Hoosier Glass Co., Anderson, Ind., (Out of business.)

Miami Flint Glass Works, Peru, Ind., (Out of business.)

Mt. Washington Co., New Bedford, Mass., (Out of business.)

Marion Flint Glass Co., Marion, Ind., (Out of business.)

Muncie Glass Co., Muncie, Ind., (Out of business.)

Minneapolis Glass Mfg. Co., Minneapolis, Minn., (Out of business.)

Middletown Flint Glass Works, Middletown, Ind., (Out of business.)

Piedmont Glass Co., Piedmont, S. C., (Out of business.)

Pennsylvania Glass Co., Anderson, Ind., (Out of business.)

Queen City Glass Works, Cumberland, Md., (Out of business.)

Sandwich Co-Operative Glass Works, Sandwich, Mass., (Out of business.)

Streator Flint Glass Co., Streator, Ill., (Out of business.)

Union Glass Co., Somerville, Mass., (Recently active.)

T. C. Wheaton Co., Millville, N. J., (Still active.)

Whitall Tatum Co., Millville, N. J., (Still active.)

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Keywords:Hemingray Glass Company : Wormser Glass Company : Brilliant Glass Company : Electrical Glass Corporation : Corning Glass Works : Rodefer : Whitall Tatum Company
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:October 1, 2008 by: Bob Stahr;