Pemberville Mental Culture Club — Group news

The Nov. 8 meeting was held at the home of Karina Hahn. President Tracey Briggs called the meeting to order. Minutes were approved as read. A balance of $835 was reported by Nedra Sheets.

Honorary members will be invited to the December meeting which will be held at the Gathering Place in Pemberville. Everyone is asked to bring a favorite Christmas ornament or decoration, a Christmas card to send, and a personal care item for the food pantry.

Sheets announced that the Pemberville “Christmas in the Village” event will be held today and Sunday.

Fourteen members answered the roll call showing or telling about their favorite glass or china pattern. After the meeting, Hahn presented a program on glass, highlighting her own collection of Fostoria glass which began with the dishes from her grandmother.

Many companies made glassware in Ohio because fuel, water, and raw materials were readily available. Among these companies were Libbey, Cambridge, Anchor Hocking and Tiffin. There are several glass museums in Ohio but most of the manufacturers are now gone. NSG, on Pemberville Rd, was founded in 1918 and still makes glass locally for architectural, automotive, display glass and fiber glass.

Pressed glass is made by pouring glass into a metal mold. Compared to blown glass and cut glass, this is a much less expensive way to produce decorative items. Hahn showed the group that older pieces of the Fostoria glass were fire polished and had greater brilliance. The bottoms were also ground flat. Reproduction items seldom have these features.

Currently there does not seem to be a great interest in older china and glassware. So it is an economical time to be collecting at garage sales and antique markets.

After the program, Hahn served family favorite refreshments on the Fostoria glassware.