I have always loved Hazel-Atlas glass products but until recently knew little about the company. I thought I would share a few of my most recently learned facts about the history of this wonderful company and it’s products. All of these great facts can be found in the book, “The Hazel Atlas Glass Identification And Value Guide,” Collector Books, 2005, by Gene and Cathy Florence.
....1885....What was to become Hazel Glass Company was formed....in Wellsburg, West Virginia....for the express purpose of making 1 1/4 oz. opal glass liners for Mason zinc caps...
....1886....moved to Washington, Pennsylvania....first glass produced there on jan.10,1887. Made first hollo ware fruit jars, oil cans, molasses cans, lamp bases and chimneys in this plant.
....1893....Cleveland Panic.... Is said Mr. Brady pledged his life insurance to keep his workers paid. Began making bottles for catsup, maple syrup and chili sauce, casting around for new business.
....1901.... Hazel picked up lucrative amber snuff bottle business from U.S. Tobacco. Sometime prior to this had gotten the Mentholatum jar making business.
....1902.....All....plants associated with Hazel became Hazel-Atlas
....1917....Backed into blue Vick’s Vaporub jar business because smaller Maryland factory subsidiary making them couldn’t keep up with the orders because of the flu epidemic sweeping the country.
....1927....Butler Bros. Catalog advertised opal kitchenware line in their catalog listings.
....1933....Had added Opal, Topaz and by 1935 Rose (pink) and black tableware lines.
....1936....Shirley Temple items made for General Mills food company as premiums in what was advertised by them as “lovely Sapphire Blue” glass.
....1937....Ushered in a cobalt or “Ritz” blue tableware line. Forty-four pieces of either royal Lace or Moderntone could be bought in 1938 for $2.99 according to advertisements in a Missouri Newspaper of the time. Also some amethyst or burgundy appeared. Scuttlebutt has it they were trying to make red, but couldn’t hold the color and wound up with this now considered rare color. Early amethyst pieces are few and far between.
....1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s....Continuation of made-to-order product jars, tumblers, and tableware for specific companies and markets, i.e. Crisco, Maxwell House, Burma-Shave and Bisquick; Orders for “premium product” containers grew during Depression Era as firms fought for the few dollars available.
....1956....Sold to continental Can company; sale held up seven years until the courts decided it wasn’t a monopoly in 1963. During this interim, products were continued to be sold as Hazel-Atlas products....as distributed by continental Can; and beyond that time, at least into the 1970s, they were sold as Hazelware products.
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