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Meeting Highlights & Program


February 2013


Barbara presented an informative and thoroughly original program on Using Your Glass in New Ways.  She displayed pieces from several of her collections, including Hocking’s clear Bubble Glass (1937-1965), Federal’s clear Diane (1937-1941), Jeanette’s clear National (1940s & 1950s), Indiana’s clear Twiggy (1950s & 1960s), and Tiffin’s Swedish Optic (1940s & 1950s).  She also included a variety of treasures that she likes and uses from other companies and lines.
Barbara was inspired by Alexandra Stoddard’s Living a Beautiful Life, which talks about how people save and spend 95% of their resources on 5% of their lives.  Ms. Stoddard challenges the reader to instead make 95% of their lives wonderful and beautiful.  Barbara took the advice to heart and has incorporated many of the beautiful pieces displayed in new ways throughout her home, including the following examples:
  • A Twiggy corn on the cob dish functions as a pen holder on her desk
  • Bubble bowls in a drawer hold jewelry
  • A National 15” punch bowl liner makes a beautiful dresser tray
  • Tiffin Swedish Optic vases and rose bowls are wonderful in the refrigerator for holding eggs and fruit
  • A Duncan Miller Viking bowl holds bananas
  • Sugars and creamers hold cotton balls, Q-tips, and other bathroom necessities
  • New Martinsville animal bookends function as doorstops or as whimsies on a closet shelf
  • Footed cake stands are shelves in the pantry; rather than being a storage challenge, they become a storage solution
  • Candy boxes and jars hold all those little items that get lost in drawers
  • Embroidery hoops and fabric display pin collections
Barbara looks for new ways to incorporate her glass collections in her life.  She quipped that if you like something well enough to keep it, you should like it well enough to display it.  She looks at her collections with a fresh eye and gets to enjoy her glass in many ways throughout the day.


Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.



On the left is a Cambridge clear Caprice Alpine candy box, made between 1939 and 1946.
On the right is a Cambridge clear Caprice Alpine ruffled bowl, made between 1939 and 1946.
In the back are Fostoria crystal Wistar candleholders, circa 1942.
In the front are Fostoria white Betsy Ross candleholders with the same leaf and stars pattern, made between 1954 and 1965.
Viking Bull’s-Eye votive candleholders (glimmers), from the 1970s.


Anchor Hocking clear Bull’s-Eye Serva Snack Sets in the original box.


On the left is a Tiffin Twilight handled sweetheart bowl
On the left is a Tiffin Twilight oblong bowl.
Imperial Glass Caramel Slag Candlewick #452B two-handled, 6 ½” bowl, made between 1965 and 1977 and again in 1982.
Imperial Glass Marigold #282 pickle jar in a silver mounting, from the early 1900s.
Fenton blue opalescent Hobnail toothpick or hat vase, made before 1973.