Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Friday, November 02, 2007


Photos of BLENKO GLASS from 50s and Comic BOOK Character from ARCHIE - my favorite 50s comic book.

Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenage Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Forsythe "Jughead" Jones characters created by Bob Montana. All characters were based on people he knew in Haverhill, Massachusetts

The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. BLENKO GLASS of Milton, West Virginia www.blenkoglass.com designs were classic and are still being made and collected.

The 40's -60s are my favorite time period I love the music, clothes, film, comics. This was a
time of exploration and growth.

Traditional pop music such as the bebop era of jazz hit its peak and climaxed as early rock and roll music led by Elvis Presley was embraced by teenagers and the emerging youth culture as the first wave of the Baby Boom reached its teen years. Rock music was generally dismissed or condemned by older generations. Other prominent rock and roll musicians included Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard.

Known as the "Golden Age", this era of movie-making saw the release of many classics, talented stars and directors. Films like Sunset Boulevard with William Holden and Gloria Swanson, All About Eve with Bette Davis, and Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston, would become instant classics.
Westerns were getting bigger in the 1950s, with films like High Noon starring Gary Cooper, and Cheyenne with Clint Walker, wrangling moviegoers back to the time of outlaws and wild shoot-outs. There was no shortage of war movies: the 1950s saw the release of Stalag 17, directed by Billy Wilder, The Bridge over the River Kwai starring Alec Guinness, and Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, a potent anti-war film that starred Kirk Douglas as the French Col. Dax, defending three soldiers accused of cowardice.
Thrillers were also turning into a huge genre in post-war Hollywood. Alfred Hitchcock directed many big name pictures, including Rear Window, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, North by Northwest with Cary Grant, and Vertigo, with James Stewart and Kim Novak.
Musicals including Singing in the Rain and An American in Paris with Gene Kelly were released and White Christmas starring Bing Crosby.
Animated films included Walt Disney's Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.
Comedies are always popular, and the 1950s were no exception. It Happens Every Spring, Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, and The Ladykillers starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, would be loved by many. The year 1951 would have an important comedy milestone, the last film of the great comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, Atoll K, in which the pair starred as the inheritors of an island in the Pacific.

This weekend try to slow the pace...search for BLENKO GLASS from the 50s, rent or borrow
a movie from the 50s. Life should be enjoyed. Read the newspaper - get ink on your fingers - get off the computer and LIVE this WEEKEND....use the list above as a starting point!


andreendo said...

IF we get off
the computer
who will read
your Blenko blog?
Ink stains on your fingers - ugh
Hillary, this doesn't sound like

andreendo said...

Veronica= Hillary

Ram said...

Hi Hillary,
wow Archie's Comic you reminded me of my childhood days.
I used to go to market early in the morning to grab sundays newspaper since they used to have limited papers in town and I used to flip to cartoon section and read about Archie and Veronica. Also I liked Tintin and Snowy

wow Hillary I love your narration of 50's era the comics,musics,movies and description of each is nice seems like you been in that moment :)

Also I dont know much of American culture and your article is wonderful peek in the 50's and people's interest in that timeframe.


Hillary J Homburg said...

You make me realize
the world is a very small place...and we are all very similar - actually I suppose we all want the same things in life
for our children to be happier than we are - and to have bigger and better cars(blenko) or whatever than our neighbors/ right?

Ram said...

Hi Hillary,

Yes thats so true all parents want that for their kids.

hmm well when I will get married I will try my best to raise kids to be responsible and self reliant and have well rounded personality like yours :)


Anonymous said...

They just don't make the really great movies any more.
These classics will be around for ever.
Margie H.

Ram said...

Hi Hillary,

Just curious to know who are they in the first top photo?


sweetdoc said...

Even my husband enjoyed this post Hillary.