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October 19, 2015
Dearborn, Mich. If you have great memories of baking with your Mom or enjoying Sunday dinner with your Grandmother, then chances are you already have fond memories of Pyrex glassware!
Found in 80 million American homes and well-known for kitchen bowls, pie plates and casserole dishes, vintage Pyrex will be center stage at the Michigan Depression Glass Society’s (MDGS) show and sale, Nov. 7 & 8 in Dearborn, Mich. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Pyrex was introduced by Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York in 1915 as a special borosilicate glass, resistant to thermal expansion and contractions from extreme temperature changes. This makes it ideal for baking, serving and storing food all in the same dish.
Author Michael D. Barber has written two collector books on Pyrex, and will be a featured guest at the MDGS show in November. “Some collectors use their Pyrex daily,” says Barber. “While others use it to decorate their kitchens with seasonal color and patterns.”
The collecting craze for Pyrex is wide-spread, with prices for the most sought-after pieces selling for thousands of dollars. Barber will share a glimpse of some rarer pieces of Pyrex from his collection, which will be included in a display presented by members of the MDGS.
Early Pyrex included only clear-glass ovenware, but over time Pyrex products have grown staggeringly to include thousands of items in a rainbow of colors and patterns.
But Pyrex is not the only beloved collectible glass celebrating a 100th birthday. Another well-known, popular glass line, American, was introduced in 1915 by the Fostoria Glass Co. of Ohio and will also be featured at the MDGS show.
“American is one of Fostoria’s best-known patterns,” says Jonathan Fuhrman, president of the MDGS. “Its long production period from 1915-1986 resulted in hundreds of serving pieces, dinnerware, barware, stemware and vases.”
An extensive display of Fostoria American will be on exhibit at the show and representatives from the Fostoria Glass Society of America will also be on hand.
Twenty-five glass dealers from across the country will be at the event and only glass manufactured in the United States from the early 1900s-1960s will offered for sale. Makers such as Heisey, Fenton, Imperial, Cambridge, Anchor Hocking, Hazel Atlas, Indiana, Jeannette, Paden City, Westmoreland, McKee and many more will all be represented, in addition to Pyrex and Fostoria.
The MDGS show and sale is the largest all-American made glass show in the country and takes place Sat., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. (US 12) at Greenfield Rd., in Dearborn, Mich. The first 200 attendees each day will receive a complimentary Pyrex-inspired gift!
Admission is a $5 donation and parking is free; glass repair will be available. Due to safety precautions, strollers are not permitted.
The MDGS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of U.S.-made glassware produced during the Great Depression and surrounding years. With over 200 members, the group meets monthly in Livonia, Mich. For more information about the MDGS and the show, visit www.michigandepressionglass.