Weatherman Leaves Legacy of Books on "Candy Glass"

by Carole Bess White
(Reprinted from Old Stuff
Volume 24 No. 4 - November 1997

The glass collecting family lost a good friend in April of this year with the death of Hazel Marie Weatherman. Nationwide collecting of Depression Glass and Elegant Glass all began with Hazel, a humble housewife from Missouri.

Hazel was born in 1920, and as an adult loved to collect the pretty pink, glass that she remembered from her youth. She called it Candy Glass. She was an Army wife, and was able to buy it for a few cents per piece.

Weatherman 1 She related one anecdote where she debated long and. bard whether to buy a whole box of it for 65 cents. I can!t recall whether she actually bought it or let it go, but she was certaIn that was about the highest price she would ever see for her beloved glass.

Hazel began to notice that not all Candy Glass was alike - it could be sorted by shapes and patterns. She got interested in finding out which factories produced which patterns, and she began her research into the great glass companies of America.

In 1969, Hazel published her paperback Colored Glassware of the 1920's and 1930s (at right). It proved to be very popular, and one year later, she published the hard-bound Colored Glassware of the Depression Era. It is this first hard-bound book that collectors call "Weatherman One." It is also from her alphabetizing and categorizing of Depression Glass in this book that we get the term "Adam to Windsor."

By 1974, Hazel bad done even more research and was ready to publish her magnum opus - Colored Glassware of he Depression Era 2. Weatherman 2 (Shown at left). There has never been a book like Weatherman 2 - not before and not since. It covers a multitude of American glassware produced in the 20s and 30's, and it is the single most valuable and comprehensive research book on Depression Glass. It is the starting point for collectors whenever they find a piece they can't identify.

Prior to this book, there was very little material available on Depression-Era glassware from the hand houses such as Cambridge and Heisey. Weatherman 2 introduced research on this "better" glass, which Gene Florence later named "Elegant Glass." Depression Glass and Elegant Glass are the two separate categories of Depression-era glass.

Hazel was in the fortunate position of beginning her research when many American factories were still in business, and lots of glass workers were still alive to remember what happened in the 20s and 30s. Records were not always complete, but she did a brilliant job of documenting the wonderful glassware that collectors had heretofore overlooked. She did it by traveling and talking to the factory workers and managers, and by writing for information. And she did it herself, with help from her family. All of Hazel's books were self-published.

Additional books by Hazel Marie Weatherman were Fostoria, Its First Fifty Years published in 1972, and The Decorated Tumbler, published in 1978.