American Carnival Glass Association
by: John Valentine
Presentation Compote A Real Surprise #1 (1966)
The compote that I am talking about, is the first A.C.G.A. gift. This compote named "One-Of-Fifty-Six", was made on July 1st 1966, and presented by the Imperial Glass Corporation, Bellaire, Ohio, as an individual surprise to the 28 A.C.G.A. members and their friends at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn, St Clairsville, Ohio on July 5th, 1966 hostessed by the capable Miss Lucille Kennedy, assistant to Carl W. Gustky, president of the firm. This rare piece was made solely for limited presentation. Also each of the 28 recipients at the luncheon joyfully signed for his gift. The original signature record is to be kept in the archives of the Imperial Glass Corporation, with a Photostat copy to E. Ward Russell, A.C.G.A. president at that time. The remaining 28 compotes of this restricted 56 will be presented as gifts to the Imperial Glass officials and certain other company employees.
Each of the initial 28, now individually owned, is regarded as hard to come by item of carnival glass. They are not hallmarked. Therefore, they represent the first time that Imperial Glass has departed from its rigid policy of hallmarking current issues of carnival glass with the capital "I" superimposed by the capital "G".
A.C.G.A. members and their guests are to forfeit the compotes temporarily so that each "One-Of-Fifty-Six" may properly and permanently numbered in order presented. This will assure definite and positive identification of the compotes by the maker, the original owner and anyone who who sees a "One-Of-Fifty-Six".
Descriptively, "One-Of-Fifty-Six" is a four-mold, marigold, un-hallmarked jelly compote in the Fashion pattern. It is four and three-quarter inches high. Its top rim, serrated and scalloped, and is four inches in diameter, while its base is serrated and three inches in diameter. The stem is domed slightly and formed in eight delightfully narrow, fluted panels. The top rim has four larger scallops, each with seven serration's, and four smaller scallops with three serration's each. The large and small scallops, of course, are altering.
Thanks was given to the Imperial Glass Corporation, the maker-host-donor of the very beautiful and rare jelly compote.
It is felt that the presentation of detailed information on special carnival glass items, as in the article, will help to keep the record straight for all carnival glass collectors and those who own these presentation pieces now, and those who may fall heir to them in the future, and still others who may seek to acquire them.
This is truly a beautiful compote, and lucky are those who are fortunate to have one in there collection.
Robin Mug, Sunset Ruby Carnival (red) #2 (1967)
The Imperial red carnival Robin mug was the second souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. This mug is different than the regular production one. Because on the bottom it has the A.C.G.A. logo also signed Washington D.C. and dated July 4th 1967.
God & Home Mug, Ultra Blue Carnival #3 (1968)
The Imperial God & Home mug in the Ultra Blue carnival was the third souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. This mug was never a regular production, it was a special mug made for the A.C.G.A.. The mug had the saying on the side "God Bless Our Home" and "In God We Trust", if you look very close you will also find small letters L.K. and E.W.R. under the symbol "God Bless Our Home". The L.K. stood for "Lucille Kennedy" the secretary of Imperial Glass and the E.W.R. stood for "E.Ward Russell" president of the A.C.G.A. On the bottom of the mug there was the A.C.G.A logo and signed Dayton Ohio, July 4th 1968.
Beaded Oval Mug, Ultra Blue Carnival #4 (1969)
The Imperial Beaded Oval mug in the Ultra Blue carnival was the fourth souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. This mug was a special mold made for the club. The mug had three frosted panels and a twig handle. The first panel had the words "Los Angeles California, American Carnival Glass Association, July 4th 1969", the second panel had a picture of City Hall Los Angeles, and the third panel had the words "In God We Trust". The bottom of the mug had the A.C.G.A. logo and also bared the (IG) mark and three initials C.J.U. "Carl J. Urhman" president of Imperial Glass, E.W.R. "E. Ward Russell" president of A.C.G.A., L.J.K." Lucille J. Kennedy" secretary of Imperial Glass.
Indianapolis 500 Spooner (Vase) Green Carnival #5 (1970)
The Imperial Indianapolis Spooner and sometimes called vase was the fifth souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. The spooner was another special mold that was made for the club. And it is quite unusual in shape and in pattern. Even the color was different and unusual. There were three panels, the first panel had a picture of two flags crossed and the top of the flags the word Indianapolis and at the bottom 500, the second panel has the words "American Carnival Glass Association July 4th 1970", the third panel had the words "In God We Trust". The bottom of the spooner had the A.C.G.A. logo and had four sets of initials J.E.S. "Joseph E. Stamm plant manager, C.J.U. "Carl J. Urhman" president of Imperial Glass, E.W.R. "E. Ward Russell" president of the A.C.G.A., L.J.K. "Lucille J. Kennedy secretary of Imperial Glass.
Beaded Shell Mug, Amber Carnival #6 (1971)
The Imperial Beaded Shell Mug in amber carnival with twig handle was the sixth souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. This was a Northwood mold and pattern and again there were changes made. These changes involved the Shells on the outside of the mug, placed over top and centered on each of the shells were two panels shaped like plaques and one shaped like the state of Ohio. The one shaped like a plaque had the words "American Carnival Glass Assn., July 4th 1971", the other panel shaped like a plaque had the words "In God We Trust", in the third that was in the shape of the state of Ohio were the words "Queen City of the West, Cincinnati". The bottom of the mug had the A.C.G.A. logo and two sets of initials L.J.K. "Lucille J. Kennedy secretary of Imperial Glass, E.W.R." E. Ward Russell " president of the A.C.G.A.. Also on the bottom was Cincinnati and dated 1971. In the inside bottom of the mug was the (IG) trade mark.
The Diamond Band toothpick in Aurora Jewels (cobalt) carnival was a table favor a gift for everyone who attended the Cincinnati convention. On the bottom of the toothpick were the words 5TH Anniversary - Cincinnati - A.C.G.A - 1971. In the inside bottom was the (IG) trade mark.
7 3/4" Wright Brothers Airplane Plate, Amethyst Carnival #7 (1972)
The Imperial 7 3/4 Wright Brothers Airplane plate in amethyst carnival was the seventh souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. The front of the plate had a double scroll pattern on the border. In the center of the plate was a picture of the Wright Brother's airplane and the words 7th Annual Convention , A.C.G.A., July - 4 - 1972 / Dayton, Ohio, Birthplace Of Aviation. The back of the plate had no pattern but had a ground base and had the (IG) trade mark.
9 1/2" Oval Natural Bridge Plate, Sunset Ruby Carnival #8 (1973)
The Imperial Natural Bridge oval plate in the sunset ruby (red) carnival was the eighth souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. The center of this plate was a special mold made just for the club. The scene is of a natural made bridge (not man made) that is located in Staunton, Virginia. Also on the front of the plate A.C.G.A., July 7, 1973, Staunton, Virginia. The back center base of the plate with a stippled background you will find the (IG) trade mark.
9 1/2" Capitol Plate, Amber Carnival #9 (1974)
The Imperial Capitol Plate in amber carnival was the ninth souvenir made for the A.C.G.A.. The center of this plate was also a special mold that was made for the club this was a picture of the Capitol building of Indianapolis, Indiana. Above the Capitol building the club A.C.G.A. , below the date July 26, 1974, place Indianapolis, Indiana. Besides the center of the plate there was no other pattern, but it was stippled so that the iridescence would look better. The back center base of the plate with a stippled back ground was the (IG) trade mark.
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