Sunday, November 20, 2016

2017 NCC Benefit Auction Photos Online

National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. will hold its annual benefit auction on March 4, 2017 at the Pritchard Laughlin Convention Center, Cambridge, Ohio. Photographs of the 430 lots are now available for viewing at: http://auctions.mvsg.org/. A listing of the auction lots and instructions for participating in the auction in person or by mail bid is scheduled to be published in the January 2017 issue of the Crystal Ball newsletter. Selected lot and group photographs are scheduled to be published in the February 2017 issue. Highlights of the auction will be presented during the March quarterly meeting the evening before the auction. Watch the NCC web site for an early look at the group photos.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Major New Feature started on our main web site


 We are pleased to announce the first phase of a major new feature for our main web site. Have you ever wished that you had access to the glass trade advertising and articles involving the Cambridge Glass Company used by Crystal Ball article writers for the past 40 years? Only those club members involved in the original research in the 1970s and 1980s and those with time and easy access to the research room at the museum have had access to this information.

Now everyone will have access through our web site. Phase 1 is now online covering the first 22 years of Cambridge history from 1901 to 1922.  It can be accessed from our HOME page at the bottom of the image table or directly at TRADEAD. These articles and advertisements include actual Cambridge advertisements although Cambridge didn’t publish as many ads in the early years as in later years. These advertisements range from notice of the Cambridge exhibit location during the annual Pittsburgh glass show to hints of new items to be introduced to ads showing examples of new items being produced. Most of the information is in articles written by publication staff writers containing the latest news about Cambridge. The information in these articles varies from the writer’s description of new items shown by Cambridge at the Pittsburgh show and in Cambridge’s permanent showrooms to tidbits about company personnel travels, illnesses, funerals and reassignments. There is a wide variety of information in these tidbits. Much of the information in these short articles may not be of much interest to many collectors but, in total, these articles describe many of the production issues faced by Cambridge over the years including the impact of foreign competition, two world wars and the great depression along with lesser issues like plant fires and breaking melting pots.

A separate web page is available for each journal for each year. The publication journals included are:

Glass and Pottery World – 1901-1909 (publication discontinued in 1909)
Pottery, Glass and Brass Salesman – 1910-1942 (1923-1942 not researched)
Crockery and Glass Journal – 1875-1961 (1906-1958 only researched)
China, Glass and Lamps – 1890 to Date (1907-1958 only researched)

Not every one of the weekly issues of these publications was available to research; sometimes even whole semi-annual volumes were missing.

Everyone is encouraged to read through this information. There are hidden gems about new  decorations not currently known or documented. There is even a new color name not yet identified or included in current lists of known Cambridge colors. The most important value of this information is the timing of release or introduction of new items by Cambridge that cannot be deduced from catalog reprints and other resources.


This initial offering in phase 1 covering 1901-1922 is only the start. As time permits, additional years will be added and announced in this blog. Only China, Glass and Lamps and Crockery and Glass Journal items will be included in future releases.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Program Videos-October 2016

The October 15, 2016 quarterly meeting of National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. is history and featured the usual "Bring and Brag" session along with the main educational program covering "Bottles and Decanters" presented by Lynn Welker and Frank Wollenhaupt.

Due to some technical difficulties, neither program was captured in total on video. Nevertheless, the available clips are now available online as follows:

"Bring and Brag" session
"Bottles and Decanters" program

Monday, August 29, 2016

Two More Hollywood Videos

Our observant Cambridge Glass collectors have spotted two more Hollywood Movies showing Cambridge Glass items. This brings the total number of Hollywood videos to thirty-one.

The first movie is "Bernie" starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey from 2011. This clip shows an Amethyst 3400/38 - 80 oz. Ball Shape Jug with ice lip,

Synopsis from imdb.com:: In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

The second movie is "The Dark Corner" starring Lucille Ball and Clifton Webb originally released in 1946. A #109 - Dolphin Candlestick makes its second appearance in an offering from Twentieth Century-Fox.

Synopsis from imdb.com:: Secretary tries to help her boss, who is framed for a murder.

Friday, August 5, 2016

New Hollywood Videos and Bottle Photos

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new Hollywood video clips and eleven Cambridge Cat and Dog bottle photographs to our site.

The first Hollywood video clip is from "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart from 1939. It shows a dinner scene with 3111 Goblets probably with Carmen tops.

The second Hollywood video clip is from "Hail the Conquering Hero" starring Eddie Bracken with Ella Raines from 1944. This long clip introduces the movie theme as quickly as possible but is followed by several scenes showing Pressed Caprice Stemware.

Eleven Cat and Dog bottles photographs have been added to our photo albums courtesy of Sandy Bridwell-Walker from her 2016 convention program on Cambridge and New Martinsville cat and dog bottles.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016 Convention VIdeos and Photos



The June 2016 annual convention of National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. is history. Four educational program videos from the convention have been uploaded to the Miami Valley Study Group web site along with the usual “Bring and Brag” session. The following videos with links are included:

"Turkeys" program narrated by Jim Findley
"Cat and Dog Bottles" program narrated by Sandy Bridwell-Walker
"Famous Flops by Cambridge" program narrated by Lynn Welker
The Stars of Cambridge” program by the Miami Valley Study Group narrated by Larry Everett
Bring and Brag” session narrated by Lynn Welker

Additionally, 84 photos have been added to our reference photo albums taken at the 2016 annual convention and other sources.

Tip: You can view just the new images by doing a SEARCH. Enter a single SPACE character in the SEARCH BOX and the number of days since June 30th in the NEWER THAN ___ DAYS box. If you see some but not all 84 images, add 1 to the DAYS.

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Movie & TV Show Clips With Cambridge Glass

We have added seven new movie and TV show clips to our “Cambridge in Hollywood” video vault. This brings the total "Cambridge in Hollywood" video clips to 27 showing glassware made by the Cambridge Glass Company, Cambridge, Ohio.

The new clips include:

"Fort Apache" movie from 1948 starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda & Shirley Temple;
"My Favorite Wife" movie from 1940 starring Cary Grant & Irene Dunne;
"Swing Time" movie from 1936 starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers;
"Now, Voyager" movie from 1942 starring Betty Davis & Paul Henreid;
"Bachelor Mother" movie from 1939 starring Ginger Rogers & David Niven;
"The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" movie from 1939 starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers;
"Happy Days - My Fair Fonzie" Television show, Season 5, Episode 10, from 1977 featuring
          Henry Winkler,  Ron Howard, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross and many others.

Don’t miss viewing the other 20 TV show and movie clips at: http://www.mvsg.org/videos. The clips can be viewed in full screen mode in most web browsers on your computer.

Keep your eyes open for more examples of Cambridge Glass in TV shows and movies. We know that it can be difficult to take your eyes off the main action on the screen but watch the backgrounds, particularly elegant room settings and restaurants. You never know when Cambridge Glass will appear. Studio prop departments must still have a supply of Cambridge Glass as it is still showing up in new shows and movies.

Please let us know if you notice Cambridge Glass in other movies or TV shows by sending an email to: contact@mvsg.org. Include as much information as you can including movie or TV show title, what you saw and a description of the scene. If it is a TV series, include the season number, episode number and episode title. The production or airing year is often helpful also. Some good movies have been remade multiple times. The database at http://www.imdb.com is helpful in learning additional information. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for us to find the sighting of Cambridge Glass.