The Stretch Glass Society is an avid group of Stretch Glass collectors. Our goals are to help preserve this beautiful glass and the history of its manufacture as part of our American heritage, to educate the public as to its existence, to promote an appreciation of collecting this type of glass -- and to have fun while doing all of the above!

Stretch Club Souvenirs to be discussed in Stretch-Out Call on October 10, 2019

Click here for photos to be discussed on the call.

For a PDF of this announcement, click here.

Stretch Club Souvenirs

will be the topic of our Stretch Out call on

Thursday, October 10, 2019

 at 8 pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain & 5 Pacific Time
All are welcome to join in by calling 415-464-6800,
followed by ID: 04211974#

A Deluxe Edition Review of the discussion will also be available several weeks after the call.
Further information is available on our email: info@stretchglasssociety.org

 Many who have joined our discussions are thanking us for identifying their recent purchase.


2019-20 Discussion Schedule Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2019-20 Stretch-Out Discussion Series.

Collectors interested in iridescent stretch glass who have joined our discussions are saying “Very informative and educational,” “Thanks for identifying my recent purchase” and “Wow! I didn’t know Fenton made that!” If you have never joined a call, try it! You can just be a listener or join in on the discussion as you enjoy the experts and other “enthusiasts.” There are always beautiful photos of the items to be discussed.

  • October 10, 2019: Stretch Club Souvenirs

  • November 14, 2019: Punch Bowls and Cups; Beverage Sets

  • February 13, 2020: Console Sets

  • April 9, 2020: Stretch Glass in the 21st Century

  • May 14, 2020: Amber and Tangerine Stretch Glass

Join us to learn all about this beautiful glass, to ask questions and share your finds. The calls are at 8pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain and 5 Pacific time. All are welcome to join in by calling 415-464-6800, followed by ID: 04211974# . The speakers for our discussions are Kitty and Russell Umbraco, Dave Shetlar, Cal Hackeman, and Sarah Plummer. The call information is also posted on our website under SGS Events / Stretch Glass Discussions. A Deluxe Edition Review of the discussion will also be available several weeks after the call.

Approximately one week prior to the call, an email reminder and photos of the glass to be discussed will be sent to members who have given us their email address; the photos will also be posted on our website. If we don’t have your email address and you would like to receive the reminder and photos, please send your email to info@stretchglasssociety.org and ask to receive photos for the particular stretch out call. If you have questions about your stretch glass and would like information from our experts, please send a photo to info@stretchglasssociety.org with your questions and we will do our best to respond.

For a PDF (printable) version of this schedule, click here.

For additional information about participating in the discussions, please click here.


Punch Bowls & Cups and Beverage Sets to be discussed in Stretch-Out Call on November 14, 2019

All photos will be linked to this post one week preceding the call.

For a PDF of this announcement, click here.

Punch Bowls & Cups and Beverage Sets

will be the topic of our Stretch Out call on

Thursday, November 14, 2019

 at 8 pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain & 5 Pacific Time
All are welcome to join in by calling 415-464-6800,
followed by ID: 04211974#

A Deluxe Edition Review of the discussion will also be available several weeks after the call.
Further information is available on our email: info@stretchglasssociety.org

 Many who have joined our discussions are thanking us for identifying their recent purchase.


Stretch Glass Pricing tool Launched 

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the new stretch glass pricing database. This tool will enable the user to compare prices of stretch glass sold by major known auctioneers. Searches can be done by manufacturer, pattern or shape and then by color. There are some corrections to be made to some descriptions and entries but we are off to a fantastic start. As time permits additional entries will be added from past auctions and future auctions results will be added shortly after they occur.

This project has come to fruition through the expertise and efforts of SGS members Galen & Kathi Johnson over the last 18 months. Kathi is also a Director of the SGS and both are members and contributors to many carnival glass organizations. A committee of SGS members contributed ideas, information and time to the project.

The Stretch Glass Pricing Tool is hosted by the website of Hooked on Carnival. You can access the pricing tool at this link: http://www.hookedoncarnival.com/database/stretch


2019 SGS Convention Recap

The Stretch Glass Society 2019 Convention was another successful annual event.  Click here for a summary page with links to daily reports and complete galleries.


Check Out Videos from Past Conventions

SGS 2018 Convention: Center-Handled Servers by Dave Shetlar

These videos from prior years are not only great sources of information on stretch glass, they also provide insight into the types of presentations you will see at this year’s convention.

The SGS would like to thank Galen and Kathi Johnson, who provided most of the 2017 and 2018 videos.

To view the full collection, click here.

June 2019 issue of The Stretch Glass Society Quarterly released

Stretch glass enthusiasts now have a new issue of The SGS Quarterly to explore for news, updates and informative articles on American Iridescent Stretch Glass.  The June 2019 issue of The SGS Quarterly was mailed or emailed to all members and subscribers recently.  Check out the featured pages here.

Not a member of The Stretch Glass Society but interested in learning more about stretch glass and seeing what else is included in the March issue of The Quarterly?  You can now join The Stretch Glass Society online and get access to this and all past issues of The Quarterly plus lots more information on stretch glass.  Go here to sign up today.

NDGA June-July newsletter features part 2 of piece on patterns and optics in stretch glass

 

The Stretch Glass Society thanks the National Depression Glass Association (NDGA) for showcasing stretch glass in its newsletter News & Views. The June-July 2019 issue features Part Two of a three-part article written by SGS President Cal Hackeman about stretch glass patterns and optics. Similar to SGS, access to the full newsletter is restricted to current NDGA members, but you can download a limited version with just this article by clicking here or on the front page image. Part Three of the article will appear in the next issue of the NDGA newsletter.

To learn more about the NDGA, visit ndga.net.

 

Full Report Published on May 9 Discussion of Early Period US Glass Opaque Stretch Glass

Check out the Deluxe Edition Review of the May 9, 2019 discussion of Early Period US Glass Opaque Stretch Glass.
To view the document with photos discussed during the call, click here.

Collectors interested in iridescent stretch glass who have joined our discussions are saying how very informative and educational they are.

NDGA newsletter features piece on patterns and optics in stretch glass

 

The National Depression Glass Association has released their April-May 2019 newsletter featuring part 1 of a three-part article written by SGS President Cal Hackeman about stretch glass patterns and optics. Similar to SGS, access to the full newsletter is restricted to current NDGA members.

Part 2 of the article will appear in the next issue of the NDGA newsletter.

 

How are Stretch Glass and Depression Glass related?

SGS President Cal Hackeman's essay "Stretch Glass -- The Older Sibling," describing how stretch glass is related to depression glass, was published in the June-July 2018 issue of the National Depression Glass Association (NDGA) newsletter News & Views.  We would like to thank the NDGA for allowing us to repost the article on our website.

To read the full article, click here.

The Stretch Glass Society Establishes Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund

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Bill Crowl

Bill Crowl

The Stretch Glass Society Board of Directors has established the Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund.  A generous initial donation will allow us to begin to immediately utilize the fund to provide educational activities related to stretch glass.   The Fund also reminds collectors and future stretch glass enthusiasts of the many contributions Bill made to the rise of stretch glass as a recognized and appreciated category of antique and collectible glassware.  Bill was among the Founders and Charter Members of The Stretch Glass Society, a life-long and a Life Member of the Society.  The Fund will be managed by the Stretch Glass Society, a tax-exempt public educational charity under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3).

For full information or to donate online, click here.

Shopping on Amazon.com can help SGS

If you shop on Amazon.com, you could be supporting The Stretch Glass Society every time you shop by signing up for Amazon’s Smile program.  How does it work?  Amazon.com offers all of its customers the opportunity to select their favorite charity for a donation from Amazon Smile from every purchase they make.  There is no cost to you, the shopper, and shopping through Amazon Smile is exactly the same as shopping on Amazon.com – except your favorite charity benefits.  What do you need to do?  The next time you are shopping on Amazon.com, click on Amazon Smile and enter the Stretch Glass Society as your favorite charity – we are already in Amazon’s database of charities.  From that point on, sign on to Amazon Smile to do your shopping.  For every purchase you make, Amazon Smile will contribute .5% of the purchase price to The Stretch Glass Society.  Several members of The Stretch Glass Society have already signed up and we have already started receiving payments from AmazonSmile.  Once you sign up, you can also ask your friends and business colleagues to select The Stretch Glass Society as their favorite charity and increase your support for us.