See our Annual Antique Show page for more detail

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A 2022 July Message from our President

Marsha Perrott

The HGCP board met for the first time on June 15th. Among the things discussed were the website, programs for the coming year, disbursement of the show profit, and whether to have a 50/50 raffle or an auction.

The HGCP Board voted unanimously to disburse the show profits between the General Fund ($3,000) the Special Projects Fund ($1,000), the West Virginia Museum of Glass ($1,000) as part of our obligations as an official 501c3 nonprofit, with the balance remaining in the Show account for costs related to the upcoming 2023 Pittsburgh Antiques Show.

COVID put a damper on the fund raising for a memorial for the South Side glass houses, referred to as the Special Projects fund. An auction brings in about three to four times the money as a 50/50 raffle. BUT… To have an auction, we need members to donated glass for the auction. I’m sure you have a piece or two that
you could donate. I know that I do.

Enjoy the summer days and stay cool on the scorchers.

See you in September

.................HELP WANTED..............

• Someone to maintain the HGCP Facebook page

• An additional member for the show committee

If you are interested in contributing your talents to the club, contact Marsha at 412- 488-1174 or

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A July 2022 Message from our 2021-22 Vice President

Dorothy Fels

On Sunday May 15th our Meeting and Annual Picnic at the home of David Gestler was a great success. Twenty-one were in attendance, including several members that we haven’t seen for a while. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with everyone.

David, with help from his good friend Carol, provided delicious roast beef sandwiches. An excellent selection of side dishes and desserts was provided by our members.

David provided a detailed explanation of his glass collection as well as a discussion of his beautiful blue Transferware display.

The final piece of business for the 2021- 2022 business year was the installation of officers.

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A July 2022 Message from our 2022-23 Vice President

Francie Brentzel

Thanks to David Gestler for hosting the very successful get-together at his house last May with help from Carol Jacobelli. All those attending enjoyed being able to relax and enjoy each other’s company on this nice spring day. It was a good send-off at the end of season. In fact, Board members decided to move the annual picnic from September to May next year. We will have a speaker for the September 21st meeting.

Your vice-president is working hard trying to find speakers you will enjoy next season. There are still slots open, however. If you know of someone you think would be of interest to the club, please let me know. Let me know, too, if there is some subject matter you would like to revisit.

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A July 2022 Message from the Show Committee

Zita Reis


It is interesting to compare the outcome of the 2022 Show with the previous show which was in February 2020. There was no show in 2021 because of the COVID -19 Pandemic. We had 46 dealers in 2020; there were 37 dealers in 2022, so there was a 20% loss of booth rental income, which was significant. However, due to various severe cost cutting measures in 2022, especially in printing costs, we had net income in 2022 of $6,236 vs $5,418 in 2020.

On June 22, 2022, the HGCP Board met and voted to apply the Show profit as follows: $4,000 to the HGCP General Checking Account, with $1,000 of that and $1,000 to the Special Savings Account. The remaining balance to remain in the Show Account for expenses incurred before the advent of the 48th Pittsburgh Antiques Show on February 18 & 19, 2023.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make the 2022 Show so successful.

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A July 2022 Message from our Membership Chair

Mary Lee Snuffer

As Membership Chair, I invite you to renew or join HGCP for another successful year of Historical Glass education and enrichment.

Please complete the Membership Form or just mail me a check, but remember I need your dues before August 15, 2022. We need updated information for the 2022-2023 Membership Book.

Thank You!

Dues are $20.00 to receive the Glassblower by email
Dues are $30.00 to receive a printed copy by mail
Please write a check to HGCP and mail it to:
Mary Lee Snuffer
837 N. Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Your Dues Provide:

Exceptional Speakers
Glass Networking
Glass Club Study Group
Annual Members Picnic/Outing
Antique Show
Supports HGCP 501C3 Efforts (donations to charities)
Consignment Opportunity
Holiday Celebration
Glass Community Updates, Shows, Sales & Exhibits

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Meet Our 2022-2023 Officers:

The Officers for the 2022-2023 Club year are:

Marsha Perrott (President)
Francie Brentzel (Vice President)
Norene Beatty (Secretary)
Richard Cohen (Treasurer)
Betty DeSalvo (Assistant Treasurer)
Jane Offutt (Glassblower Editor)
Zita Reis (Historian)

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Our Club: The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP)

Who/ What?

The more than 60 members of HGCP are not only from the local Pittsburgh area, but from throughout distant locations around the Tri-State (Pennsylvania /Ohio /West Virginia) area.

Your MEMBERSHIP in the club gets you a copy of The Glassblower, HGCP's monthly newsletter. It is sent to each member prior to each upcoming meeting. It shares information about the previous month's program, upcoming meeting information, events and trip information.


Our September Meeting is always a Picnic. HGCP then meets the third Wednesday of every month from October through May at the Crowne Plaza Hotel unless so noted on the calendar. Optional dinner starts at 6:30 PM -- Club Meetings start at 7:30 PM --


We meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel across from Pittsburgh's South Hills Village, unless so noted on the calendar. Note the ACTIVE LINK to a map that will help you find the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

How Much?

Dues for the year are $20. If you want to receive a PRINTED copy of the Glassblower news-letter, dues are $30. If you think that you would like to attend a meeting to learn more about American Glass and our Club, please use the links here and head to the Membership and/or the Contact Us pages. The optional dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel is $25.00 for members and $28.00 for guests.

What do I get for my $20.00 membership?
 Outstanding educational programs
 Newsletter called The “Glassblower” 10 times per year in your email ($30 for hard copy in your mail box)
 Lasting friendships
 Shared glass expertise
 Appreciation of American glass made circa 1800-1900
 Examination of awesome glass displays
 Opportunity to serve on committees
 Leadership role: hold a club office


 AND Paid Members have access to the Clubs free PASS to
    + the Heinz History Center
    + the Western PA Sports Museum [located in the History Center]
    + the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
    + and the Fort Pitt Museum.
   (Contact Richard Cohen [treasurer] for info on how to use our Club PASS)
[click on the above links for a list of upcoming exhibits or events]

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The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh's new


    Here is a list of Pennsylvania Companies that were IN BUSINESS in 1937

WAIT !!!
    How many can you name? Don't know many? OK - then before you read this list, just
    GUESS How many Pennsylvania Glass Companies (just PENNSYLVANIA factories) do you think were still doing business in 1937 after the 1932 depression ???

    (answer is below the factory listing)

glass fasctory year book     Factory Index

Penn Glass Factory listing #1    Penn glass Factory list #2

The 1937 Glass Factory Year Book Listed 65 Pennsylvania Glass Companies...

How close did you come to 65 ?

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   Pennsylvania 1937 -- Can you name some Penn. companies supplying Parts and Raw Materials to the glass Industry ??

   Increase your knowledge of glass terminology and strange chemical names from 1937

                                      Diamond glass                 

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   Pennsylvania 1937 -- Glass Company Ads and what they produced in 1937...

   Increase your knowledge of 1937 glass company terminology

                                            Tygart Valley glass        Wire Glass            

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The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh is a member of the
Heinz History Center Affiliates Program
We have been given a

Using the Club Pass, paid club members can get
FREE admission to the
Heinz History Center (HHC)
the Western PA Sports Museum [located in the History Center]
the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
AND the Fort Pitt Museum.

[click on the above links for a list of upcoming exhibits or events]

The Club Pass is good for any event year-round
Up to 4 persons per visit admitted free with the Club Pass
The Club Pass can be picked up at our glass club dinner meeting
Contact Marsha Perrott [club treasurer]
The Club Pass will NOT be mailed
The Club Pass must be returned at the following monthly meeting
We also have a copy of the HHC quarterly publication
Contact Zita Reis, Historian, to read the HHC pub during any glass club meeting.

Our Charter

The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP) promotes the education, study, knowledge, appreciation, and history of American Glass, with emphasis on glass manufactured in the Pittsburgh region, as well as its relationship to useful and decorative arts.


(Original Manufacturers Name)
Bakewell, Pears & Co.
1875 catalog
Rick Miller photo
from EAPG Data Base

A Tribute to our Fellow Member
Tom Cooper

Our good friend and a loyal member of The Historical Glass Club, Tom Cooper passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Tom served in the US Navy for 32 years; retiring with the rank of Captain. After retiring from the US Navy, he worked for NATO directly as Executive Coordinator for all NATO C3. He joined CISCO as a Defense Initiative Manager, retiring in 2006.

He was active in many local glass clubs, notably The National Duncan Glass Society of Washington, PA, where he served as Chairman of the Committee for the addition to the Duncan & Miller Museum. He also served on the Board of the Museum of American Glass in Weston, WV.

Tom and his wife, Sherry, were avid glass collectors, and have been dealers at our annual antique shows for many years.

With his friendly demeanor and charismatic smile, Tom will be sorely missed.

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Non-Profit Status

The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP) is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization listed on the IRS website in their pub 78 database (now called CHARITIES)

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