Fostoria Glass Museum
Exterior view of the Fostoria Glass Museum looking west across Tomlinson Avenue.
Fostoria Glass Museum Display
Local residents might recognize this picture that once hung in a local bank. It represents the many industries once present in Marshall County. Now the painting hangs in the main entrance to the Fostoria Glass Museum.
An old postcard showing the Fostoria Glassworks of Moundsville.
Examples of Fostoria's beautiful colored glass.
Backstory and Context
Fostoria was known for its hand-blown glass and fine crystal, and created glassware for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, as well as other world leaders. The growth of the company from regional production to a national reputation dates back to the decision of company leaders to market their products beyond the region. In 1924, the company became one of the first in the industry to dedicate resources to national advertising. At that time, the company made primarily colored glass dinner services. In the 1930s, the company produced crystal dinnerware to match changing consumer tastes. During the post-WWII era, "milk glass" was most popular.
Peak production for the company came during this post-war boom, with the company producing more than eight million pieces of glassware in 1950 alone. The most popular pattern was the American pattern. Lancaster Colony, the company that bought Fostoria, still produces the American pattern today although it is machine-made rather than handmade.
Six, Dean "Fostoria Glass." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 15 March 2013. Web. 29 June 2018.