Steph Posted June 14, 2008 Report Share Posted June 14, 2008 Reading the Marble Museum's Vitro book I'm seeing some dates which might be helpful to have in a ready reference format. So here goes. I may update it as I find out more. *** The Vitro-Agate Company, 1932 - 1969 *** Vienna, WV -- 1932 (mailing address was in Parkersburg even while the plant was in Vienna) 1930's: Clear-Lite Du-Lite Tri-Lite The original All-Reds were Tri-Lites. Packaged in mesh bags, and in cartons. Bags were labelled Shooters, Spinners, Buddies, Sunny Boy and Seniors. There is also a bag labelled Pee-Wees from that era. Collectors names for different varieties of Tri-Lite include: Helmet, Elite, Superior, Aquamarine, Buttermilk, ... (to be continued?) In the 1940's, during WWII, the following were introduced. Conquerors Victory Agates Parkersburg, WV -- 1945 1951: Tiger-Eyes were introduced 1952: Aqua Jewels, said to be Vitro's "most successful line of marbles". Described by Henry Fisher in 1967 as "hotter'n heck, has been for many years". First made in Gold, Crystal, Blue, Green and Azure. Ruby would come later, in 1958. It wasn't initially considered practical because of the high price and general shortage of selenium. It is noted that Clearies were previously sold under the names Tri-Clear and Marine Gems. The name Marine Gems was trademarked by Vitro in 1941. 1954: Cat's eyes were introduced 1957: Do not know yet when they were introduced. However, Blackies and Whities were available for sale in this year. 1958: The Ruby Red clearie was introduced. 1958 or later: The "fingers" marbles were made after the Ruby Red clearie, and they were the precursor of the caged style cat's eye. 1959: The more familiar All-Red was introduced. First the "black line" all-reds. I don't yet know how long it was before the black line was dropped. 1964: Yellow Jackets were introduced. (Thanks to George Sourlis for this updated information.) 1965: Blackies and Yellow Jackets were still being advertised. (Thanks to Al for this information.) *** Acquired by Gladding-Kalamazoo Sled and Toy, Inc., a WV corporation, 1969 *** *** Name changed to Gladding-Vitro Agate Company *** Owner of record is Gladding, a NY company, 1971 1981: Manager is John Masters *** Acquired by Paris Manufacturing Corporation of South Paris, Maine, 1982 to 1985, or to 1987? *** *** Name changed back to Vitro Agate *** *** Purchased by the Viking Rope Company, 1987 to 1988 *** *** Plant relocated to Anacortes, WA, home of Viking Rope, 1989 *** *** Purchased by Jabo, Inc., 1992 to 1993 *** *** Machines and old stock moved to the Ohio River, 1993 *** (plant is in Reno, OH, mailing address is or has been in Parkersburg, WV) Sounds like Jabo might not have purchased Vitro's old stock after all. See comments below. Not sure at this time where I heard that they had. Primary source: The Vitro-Agate Company, The Marble Museum's Guide to the Glass-Agate Company, 2005, by Chris Cooper and Michael Johnson Additional information from: American Machine-Made Marbles, 2006, by Dean Six, Susie Metzler, and Michael Johnson Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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