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My Vaseline Glass e-Collection and a little bit more.

What's it all about?

First lets talk about Vaseline Glass or Uranium Glass. Just what is it, and why is it so special?

    Vaseline Glass is a yellow to green glass that is made by adding 2% Uranium Dioxide to the formula when it is being made. The Uranium Dioxide makes the glass a yellow-green color. This color alone isn't what makes this glass so special. When you add a backlight (ultraviolet light) to the finished product, the color then turns a bright florescent green. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Vaseline Glass got its start in approximately 1835.

    Joseph Riedel a Bohemian, separated uranium salts from pitchblende. The salts were then added as a colorant to the glass resulting in a bright yellow-green glass. It didn't take long and the major glass factories in England, Europe an the US started producing this color. The US at this time started calling this type of glass "canary" for its yellow color. If you want to read more on the history of this fine glass go to Go Star to learn more.

There are a few glass companies today that still produce Vaseline glassware.

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    For me the real prize is in the older, vintage type of Vaseline Glass. You may get lucky at an estate auction and find some old rare or depression era glass. Many people just call it green or yellow depression glass. I often wonder if they have any idea what that glass really is. It takes a trained eye to spot "that glass", even then its easy to be fooled. Not all green or yellow glass of course has Uranium in it. In fact most do not.

There are many collectors of That Glass. (VG).

    Some, like me, collect anything that glows. While others have a favorite pattern, a preference in color,(yellow, green, or frosted) others perhaps collect only cake plates, or cups and saucers. The list goes on. Some collectors will not keep anything with a chip or crack, while others don't mind these imperfections that come with age. It gives the piece character. I think its just an excuse to keep it all.

There has been art pieces made and useful household items of that glass.

    There is hand painted pieces, etched pieces and patterned pieces. Some glow more than others and some of that glass is advertising. The color range is vast ranging from yellow to green, clear to solid.

I could go on and on about that glass but I want to show off my collection. So look over to the left of this page. There you can navigate to the pages in this site. I hope you enjoy my collection and I'll try to keep it updated for you. Keep coming back to see what's new. Thank you for taking the time to enjoy the wonderful world of That Glass.

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