1986 Gene Hackman Movie
1932 James Cagney Movie
1937 Mickey Rooney Movie
1969 Paul Newman Movie
Tom Smith was the Co-Chairman of the 2012 Convention, and he spent many hours and lots of miles to make the Convention a memorable one for our members. Sadly, Tom passed away on July 11, just a few days before the start of the Convention. Tom was a glass enthusiast, collector, dealer and author, and his enthusiasm was contagious. Our friend will be missed by all who knew him.
The 2012 Convention Co-Chairmen were Danny Cornelius and Tom Smith. They introduced some innovations that we have not seen in the past, as you will read about below. The Convention was held at the Kokomo Event Center, a part of Ivy Tech Community College, 1500 North Reed Road, Kokomo, IN, which is located on the East side of U.S. 31 one block North of North Street.
In case there is any confusion, ALL GLASS LOVERS ARE WELCOME. You did NOT have to be a member of the NDGA to attend our Convention. Come one and all, have some fun, buy some glass and learn a whole lot about American-made glassware. Although the organization name contains the words "Depression Glass", be assured that there were all kinds of American glass represented.
The NDGA had a limited number of t-shirts for sale, advertising the 2012 Convention in Kokomo, Indiana. You can see the design at right.
The show and sale opened at 10:00am on Saturday, July 14. It ran until 5:00pm, after which there was a half-hour break, followed by the Annual Membership Meeting of the NDGA (about 1½ hours). Newly elected Board members and Officers were introduced and sworn in. All NDGA members were invited to participate in the meeting. On Sunday, July 15, the Convention opened at 11:00am and closes at 4:00pm.
Dean Six of the West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Ltd. was our Special Guest, and he also presented a Seminar and was available all weekend to answer questions and talk about glass and glass research.
Each year, the NDGA invites representatives from other national glass organizations to participate in our Convention. The following attended Convention 2012 and each set up a table with membership information for their organization and other items of interest. You can click on the underlined link to see a photo.
The Annual General Membership Meeting was held in conjunction with the Convention. It began at 5:30pm on Saturday. The meeting lasted about 1½ hours.
That was the name of the banquet after the annual meeting on July 14th where all attendees were charmed to be "Dining with the Cars." Yes, you heard correct – the banquet was held inside the Automotive Museum at the Kokomo Event Center located at 1500 North Reed Road, the same location as the Convention. We got to enjoy the nostalgic surroundings of times gone by while viewing the over 100 automobiles in the museum. The automobiles on exhibit run the gamut from the Haynes "Pioneer" to gems of the 20th century.
The meal was pot roast with vegetables and rotisserie chicken with sides of mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, rolls and honey butter. Dessert was your choice of cherry or peach cobbler, with sugar free cake available for the diabetics in attendance. The beverages were your choice of coffee, tea, lemonade, or bottled water. All of this for only $18.00 per person.
The best part -- there were over 170 people who attended the Banquet!
At the conclusion of the Banquet on Saturday night, we had our first ever LIVE auction with auctioneers Bob and Pam Franscella. There were a limited number of glass items donated for this event. The photo at right is the No. 15328 Brilliancy Assortment by Tiffin, introduced in 1926. It is one of a number of very nice items in the auction. CLICK HERE to see photographs of the high quality items that were auctioned off. Each of the items was donated, so the proceeds of the Live Auction went entirely to the Museum Support Fund.
There was an enthusiastic crowd (the room was full to standing-room only), and bidding was lively. The results of the Live Auction added over $5,200.00 to the Museum Support Fund.
We also had a Silent Auction during the Glass Show, to raise money for the National Glass Collection. Members contributed various pieces of glass or other items (books, etc.), to be sold in the silent auction, with the proceeds going to the NDGA National Glass Fund.
Each year at the Convention, collectors share their personal collections of glass and pottery with the rest of us. It is often the only opportunity that we have to see some of the rare and unusual items that are in private collections. This year was no exception.
We would like to thank the following people for providing displays at the 2012 Convention: Linda & David Adams, Rodney Ayers, Max Blackmore, Kathleen Booth, Brian & Mary Callahan, Kim & Mary Carlisle, Jim & Margaret Davis, Holly Fields, Jonathan Fields, Art & Ellen Gilbert, Chase Haver, Kathy Hood, Graham Jones, Richard & Nancy Ladd, Lewis & Lezlie Lough, Dean Lowry, Anne Nelson, David & Linda Rash, Bill & Pat Rose, Edward Sawiciki, Dr. Eric Stephenson, Dave & Bonnie Turner, Harold & Susan Watson and Carla Yerkes.
Click on the thumbnail photo to see a larger version.
|NDGA National Glass Collection|
|Lancaster Yellow Jubilee|
|Cambridge Decorated Opaques|
|Early Westmoreland 1889-1937|
|Rare Fenton Candlesticks|
|Green Miss America|
|Early Fenton Jade|
|Blue Stretch Glass|
|Fenton Ebony Crest / Black Rose|
|Ring by Hocking|
|Promotional / Collector Glass|
|Green Tea Room|
|Depression Dairy Items|
|EAPG Nevada Pattern|
|Jade / Jadite|
|New Martinsville Muranese Ware|
|Heat Sensitive Glass|
|Fenton Ivory Crest|
|Rare St. Clair|
|Flower Garden & Butterfly|
|Heisey Lafayette Pattern|
|Jenkins Glass Company|
|EAPG Ruby Stained|
Of course, this year we have something very special to celebrate - the new NDGA National Glass Museum. We had photos, canvas bags for sale and lots of stories to tell. Everyone is excited that we finally have a museum after many years of waiting and dreaming.
Most dealers in the Glass Show portion of the Convention have been doing the shows for a number of years. The NDGA maintains a waiting list for dealers who wish to be considered. The list is maintained in date order, applications with earliest date received at the top. Prospective dealers may fill out the NDGA Dealer Application form.
Below are listed the dealers who exhibited their glass for sale in Kokomo in 2012:
|L & M Glassware||The Attic Annex||Helen Allen|
|Michael & Leegh Wyse||Jim & Joyce Coverston||Helen & Gene Allen|
|Albany, OR.||Front Royal, VA.||Overland Park, KS.|
|The Glass Chalet||Max Miller Antiques||The Bookworm|
|Sandra Bridwell-Walker||Max Miller||Enid & Len Waska|
|Cleburne, TX.||Houston, TX||Flatonia, TX.|
|Leasures Treasures||Ray & Paula Mahoney||Backward Glances|
|Jim & Leora Leasure||Tarpon Springs, FL.||Helen & Bob Jones|
|Eighty Four, PA.||Berkley Springs, W.V.|
|Regal Collectibles||Antiques Glassware & Collectibles||White Rose Antiques|
|Myrtle & Charlie Riggle||Dovie & John Fields||Glen & Carolyn Robinson|
|Hebron, IN.||Independence, MO.||York, S.C.|
|Hemmann's Krystal Hays||Stan & Diane Depression Glassware||J & L Treasures|
|Mike & Cathy Hemmann||Diane & Stan Sewell||Linda & Jim Kilburn|
|St. Clair, MO.||Poughkeepsie, N.Y.||Burlington, CT.|
|Memories Antiques||Carolina Antiques||McEwen Extras|
|Ed Sawicki||Jack Peacock||Carol McEwen|
|Dunellen, N.J.||Winston-Salem, N.C.||Wichita, KS.|
|Red Apple Antiques||Showcase Glass||No Horse Antiques|
|Dale & Betty Buersmeyer||Bert & Donna Kennedy||Sandi & Dennis Boone|
|Pacific, MO.||Mesquite, TX||Aledo, IL.|
|Crockett's Collectibles||J & S Antiques||Depression Classics|
|Crockett & Cathie Richardson||Jane & John Schleinzer||Pam & Bob Franscella|
|Harkers Island, N.C.||Aurora, IL||Gurnee, IL.|
|Rae Patrick Ent.||Net_Tiques||D N D Antique Glass|
|Sharon & Pat Ervin||Helene & Coy Meeks||Don Jones & Danny Cornelius|
|Sycamore, IL.||Oregon, IL.||Port Washington, OH.|
|Hattie's Place||Our House Antiques||Tucker's Treats & Antiques|
|Rick Bakkum||Linda & David Adams||Dave & Kay Tucker|
|Buffalo, MO.||Las Vegas, NV.||Cottage Hills, IL.|
|Curio Cabinet Antiques||Kitschy Cat Antiques|
|Janet Wasson||Jim & Rose Curnett|
|Highland, IN.||Western Springs, IL.|