Rose M. Presznick


A rare part of Ohio history was carefully preserved by Rose and Joseph Presznick of Lodi Ohio where the beauty of original pieces of carnival glass is enhanced by the hospitality and pleasant charm of its owners. This true Americana glass., most of which was made in the Ohio valleys (including the outer edges of Pennsylvania., West Virginia and Indiana) appeared in the early 1900's.

The actual name of the glass is Taffeta Lustre. which refers directly to its lustrous surface. Known now as the "Johnny Come Lately" art glass of the 19th and 20th centuries,, carnival glass received its nick name that stuck., because the original gold colored glass of this type was a popular prize at carnivals. road shows and fairs from 1908 to 1920. Pieces of the darker colored glass were sold in jewellery. novelty and department stores.

Brightly colored and always iridescent carnival glass looks and sounds almost metallic. The original glass was made from about 1904 until 1925 in all shapes,, sizes. and colors. and in several outstanding patterns.

Rose and Joe Presznick began collecting the glass together on weekend trips about 1942,   and as far as they knew, had the largest collection of carnival glass originals in this country. Rose’s grandmother who started her collection. kindled her interest in the glass long before 1942 in fact about 1925. She often showed her granddaughter her small. highly prized collection of about twelve pieces of the dark Taffeta Lustre glass, that had a place of honor in her home. Fascination with the lovely glass began for Rose during those long talks with her grandmother, and grew when she became the collection's owner in 1940. Rose once said, "I think my interest in collecting more of the glass was a memorial to my grandmother's memory."

Countless weekend trips. saved for out of weekly savings, were taken by Rose and Joe to "treasure hunt" the glass. They expanded through the years from local jaunts to coast-to-coast travel. Lots of effort and determined hunting gradually increased their collection.

Rose and Joe crawled into dusty old attics, ancient musty cellars,, old barn lofts to find originals. Often the Presznicks found only certain parts of a glass creation., like the top of a punch bowl ; then perhaps fifteen years later. searching produced the base. Rose and Joe ( who was the Postmaster at Lodi., Ohio) collected over 3000 pieces of carnival glass. They had the first Carnival Glass Museum in the world and displayed their glassware for over five years in a building on their farm north of Lodi.

Rose Presznick had written four books and a Price Guide on carnival glass since 1962. Of the companies that made carnival glass, four were outstanding: Imperial Glass Company at Bellaire. Northwood Company of Martins Ferry., Ohio Indiana., Pennsylvania., Wheeling and South Wheeling., W. Va.., Fenton Art Glass Company at Williamstown, W. Va., Millersburg Glass Go. of Millersburg, Ohio.

Their enthusiasm and respect for carnival glass is alive with excitment and warmth even today because they were two dedicated people that shared an interest and real devotion to the preservation of this part of Ohio history .

Note: Presznick's, collection of Museum carnival glass (approximately 2300 pieces) was sold at Louisville., Kentucky in 1972 by Aleo Galleries,, owned by Floyd and June Cooper and Henry and Irene Allen., Northfield, Ohio.

Rose and Joe memories live on through the books and educiation of carnival glass.

Rose Presznick was a collector of both the old and the contemporary carnival glass.

Presznick Souvenirs

The Grape & Cable Humidor was the first of the souvenirs that was made for the Presznicks. The Humidor was made by Fenton Art Glass Company in 1969 in amethyst carnival. The base of the Humidor is marked with the Fenton trademark and has the words "Presznick Carnival Glass Museum, Lodi, Ohio 1969". The Lid of the Humidor is also marked with the initials of "J.P." Joe Presznick and "R.P." Rose Presznick.

The second of the souvenirs was the Eagle Star Mugs made by Imperial Glass Comapny. The mugs were made in Rubigold carnival (marigold) and Peacock carnival   (smoke) in 1969. Each mug around the top has embossed saying "Presznick Carnival Glass Museum, Lodi, Ohio". The bottom of each mug is marked with the (IG) Imperial Glass trademark and marked with the initials of "J.P." Joe Presznick and "R.P." Rose Presznick and date 1969. The Ultra Blue carnival mug is the same but dated 1972.

When Rose Presznick passed away her grandchildren with great pride & admiration had a red carnival Poppy kerosene lamp made by Fenton Art Glass in her memory. Choose the link to go and view the article on the lamp.


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