The Paden City Glass Manufacturing Company was established in Paden City, West Virginia in 1916. Paden City quickly began producing fine quality hand made, pressed and mold blown glassware.
David Fisher was managing the New Martinsville Glass Company at this time. He was offered and accepted a position at Paden City as plant manager. Upon his death in 1933, his son Samuel Fisher became Paden City's President. Samuel continued to run the company until it closed it's doors in 1951.
Paden City's main concern during the Depression Era was producing glassware to be sold to decorating companies. Some of the companies purchasing their glassware included Van Deman, Empire Silver, National Silver Deposit and Lotus. These companies decorated many of Paden City's shapes with silver and their own etchings.
Paden City produced many collectible Depression Era patterns and etchings. Paden City was most known for the use of color in each of their lines. Some of the most sought after lines are: Party Line, Penny Line, Crows Foot and Largo. Paden City also produced samavors, and kitchen items, many of which were hand painted or ornately etched. Some of their most collected etchings are Cupid, Peacock and Rose, Nora Bird, and Black Forest.
Paden City Glass Patterns
The brief history for this article came from the books "Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2" by Hazel Marie Weatherman.
"Paden City The Color Company"by Jerry Barnett
Other good books on Paden City Glassware include:
"The Encyclopedia of Paden City Glass"by Carrie and Jerry Domitz
"Paden City Glassware" by Paul and Debora Torsiello