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One of the early Mississippi factories in St. Louis, Missouri
An engraving of one of the early Mississippi factories in St. Louis, Missouri

Locations:

  • 220 Fifth Ave., New York
  • 4070 North Main St., St. Louis
  • 7 West Madison St., Chicago

Timeline:

  • 1873-1970s

History:

  • "The Mississippi Glass Company, of which George D. Humphreys is the principal proprietor, has works on Angelica Street near Second. The chief products are green glassware, such as pickle-jars, fruit-jars, sauce-bottles, etc., the demand for which is very
    Mississippi Glass Co. seal
    large in the city. The company have enlarged the works to enable them to meet the demands for the wares which are produced. There are about one hundred and twenty persons employed in the establishment. The sand used comes from Franklin, and the soda ash is imported from England. The lead used is obtained in St. Louis. This company does not attempt to make clear glassware. The demand for the products of the factory is very large. It was established about 1872." —History of Saint Louis City and County: From the Earliest Periods to the Present Day, Volume 2 by John Thomas Scharf (1883)
  • "The Mississippi Glass Co. began in 1873 at St. Louis, soon becoming a major producer of beer bottles for the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. as well as making numerous other bottle styles along with grooved-ring wax-sealer fruit jars. Incorporating in 1876, the firm was very successful, but it shifted its product line in 1884 to plate glass (especially wire glass), eliminating all container manufacture. The firm remained in business to at least the early 1970s" —Society for Historical Archaeology
  • "Mississippi Glass Company specialized in making "export beer" bottles, wax sealer fruit jars, and other "green glass" bottles, and although it was in business much later than 1884, reportedly no bottles were made after that year, as they subsequently concentrated on producing flat window and plate glass, specializing in industrial "wire glass"." Glass Bottle Marks

Products:

1918 ad
  • "Apex" (Figured Plate Glass), "Maze", "Florentine", "Syenite", "Romanesque", "Figured No. 2", "Ondoyant", "Pentecor", "Factrolite", "Rough and Ribbed (Figured Sheet Glass)."
  • Polished Wire Glass, Maze Wire Glass, Romanesque Wire Glass, Syenite Wire Glass, Pentecor Wire Glass, Rough Wire Glass, Factrolite Wire Glass, Ribbed Wire Glass
"Maze"
"Maze"
"Pentecor"
"Pentecor"
"Ribbed"
"Ribbed"
"Syenite"
"Syenite"
"Figured No. 2"
"Figured No. 2"
"Apex"
"Apex"
"Muranese"
"Muranese"
"Romanesque"
"Romanesque"
"Florentine"
"Florentine"
"Ondoyant"
"Ondoyant"
"Factrolite"
"Factrolite"

Paper:

Glass by Mississippi
Glass by Mississippi
Mississippi Glass Company, 1929, 72p
via The Internet Archive
~76MB: pdf

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