Carnival Glass 101 and Beyond
Imperial Bamded Flute Compot
Topaz irid.Pg. 66-Fenton Glass-The First Twenty-Five Years.
Fenton Celeste & Ruby #9
MAY Basket
ETCHED Pitcher by Jain
BERLIN Rosebowl
BB Book

Free Download - Catalog Reprints from the early 1900's.
Factory located in Grapeville, PA~~Pittsburgh area.   They operated from 1889-1984.
MUST SEE!  270 photos showing the remains of WGC.
Northwood Mark
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Carnival Glass 101 Table of Contents
Rainbows, God's Promise to us all!

Help!  I have been bitten by the carnival bug!

Fenton Glass Mold

A description of the carnival making process

Floral & Grape Tumbler - Easy to Find

Best Places to Find Carnival Glass

Dragon & Lotus -True Red

The colors of Carnival and other color facts

Green STIPPLED RAYS Bowl with tight crimp edge

Edge treatments found in carnival glass.

Northwood Amethyst Sunflower

Comparing Color, Condition and Value

Campbell & Beesley Grand Opening 1911

A Glossary of carnival terms and phrases

Carnival Glass Reference Book Info

A word about Carnival Reference Books

Wishbone Epergne

Frequently Asked Questions

Octagon Decanter by Imperial

Some of our Favorite Carnival Links



Early Manufacturers of Carnival Glass & Factory Pictures
Factory located in Grapeville, PA~~Pittsburgh area.   They operated from 1889-1984.
MUST SEE!  270 photos showing the remains of WGC
Puzzle Games to Download
Fun Stuff - Carnival Glass Puzzle Games to Download.
Everything you EVER wanted to know about Indiana Glass
Contemporary Carnival Glass Catalogs
Great Reference for Newer Carnival Glass.  
Complete Glassware Catalogs Available to Download.
Fake Blue Concord Plate
Carnival glass scams and warnings.  
Activities we should be aware of and BEWARE of.
Interesting Stories From Carnival Glass Collectors
Interesting Stories From Carnival Glass Collectors
Services and Closing
Dugan Fan Gravy Boat

Identifying Carnival Glass

Electric Blue PC Good Luck Bowl

A few closing thoughts

Current Events Calendar

Carnival Glass auctions and other upcoming events

The History of Carnival Glass in a Nutshell

Tiffany made the first iridized art glass. Their formula was EXPENSIVE. The iridization was in the glass mixture, not sprayed on the glass. Fenton came up with a cheaper way of making iridized art glass and introduced their line of "imitation" Tiffany glass in Oct of 1907. It was an instant success and other companies such as Northwood, Dugan, Imperial and Millersburg soon followed Fenton's lead. Carnival glass was in its heyday from about 1908 to 1920. Tiffany was not too happy about it. One well to do lady said it best, "When the maid can afford similar glass, I don't want it."

The industrial revolution hit the glass industry in the early 1920's. Companies like Jeannette and Indiana switched to machinery instead of hand presses. They could crank out nearly 50 ton of glass daily even back then. The economy was going downhill...............stock market crash and then the depression. A great many of the hand made glass companies went under. The first depression glass patterns came out in the mid 1920's and kind of took over. They were CHEAP and very colorful machine made glass.

So what to do with all the warehouses full of iridized glass? Americans no longer wanted it. The overseas markets were drying up too. So most of it was sold to the traveling carnivals for pennies on the dollar to be used as game prizes, thus the name Carnival Glass.

FYI: The traveling carnivals actually did well in the depressed 1930's and difficult World War II times of the 1940's. No matter how broke folks were, they always found the money for some entertainment. When the traveling carnival hit town, out came the stashed coins. Every guy took his best girl and tried to win her a piece of "fancy glass". And those memories and treasures were admired and then tucked away. If a piece of carnival glass could talk, oh what a story it would have to tell!

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
____Psalm 37:4-6
We're taught in 1 John 5:14 that our requests need to be according to God's will for us.

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