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Wordy-Less Wednesday-- Beautiful Colored Glass With An Interesting Past

Glass Insulators were created between 1920-1950 in the U.S.

THE WHY? President Roosevelt passed the Rural Electrification Act in 1936 to allow funding in support of American farms in rural areas of the country.  One of the burgeoning businesses became glass insulators which were used to string and conduct electricity bringing lighting to farms throughout the country.  Of course today we use cable so the use of insulators have become obsolete.  And, by 1950 electrical companies started using porcelain instead, so these pretty glass insulators were only made for a short time, between 1920 and 1950 and offer a glimpse into American glass. Because of the iron in much of the glass at the time, many were created in this ethereal aqua, blue-green but the colors also ran the gambit throughout the rainbow. The Cobalt Blue colors are collector's favorites.  Many of the manufacturers also made other tabletop glass and used recycled soda bottles so colors ranged from opaque glass to translucent from amber to rich, ruby red.  Today, they make pretty displays on a fireplace mantel or on a bookcase or window sill. They come in all sizes and shapes.

read more about this glass on Collector's Weekly
WHO MADE THEM? These companies are no longer in existence, but thankfully many embossed their names into the glass- India Glass, Hemingray, Kerr Glass Manufacturing, Louisville Glass Works, Owens-Illinois Glass, Star Glass, McKee and Company Whitall Tatum Company

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Wordy-Less Wednesday-- Beautiful Colored Glass With An Interesting Past


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