Answered By: Regan Brumagen
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I'm listing a few titles we own relating to Mexican glass below the text of this message. Some of these are trade catalogs and some are very small items such as postcards. We also have a file folder of advertisements regarding Mexican glassware from the time period you are interested in. Most of these were found in magazines from the period. I'm sending you two bibliographies of these titles as well; they are attached as Word documents. It might be worthwhile to sift through some of these journals for the time period of the 1940s and 1950s looking for ads that match the patterns/types of glassware you have.

You might also contact the Museum of Glass in Monterrey Mexico. It has a library that might have a more comprehensive collection. Their address is: http://museovidrio.vto.com/index.htm

We just don't have a lot of information on Mexican glass companies, although from what I've seen in the advertisements I looked through, handblown glassware from Mexico was quite popular at the time in the United States, so there must be have been a number of companies in Mexico making and exporting the glass. Some of the books listed on the bibliography will provide brief histories of glassmaking in Mexico.

Mexican glass

Excludes: stained glass, work of contemporary (ca. 1970-to date) artists

Artes de México [issue title]: Vidrio, Cerámica y Metales
Mexico: Artes de México y del Mundo, 1966, v. 13, no. 83
80 pp
Cristal de Plomo de Monterrey, pp. 31-38, and other glass, pp. 77-80
Summary in 3 languages

Arts populaires des Amériques / [photographe, Francesc Català Roca ; auteurs, Marta Ribalta ... [et al.]] Neuchâtel, Suisse : Ides et Calendes, c1981.
320 p. :
Original Spanish ed.: Barcelone: Editorial Blume, 1981 Incl. crafts from Canada, US, Mexico, Central and South America; Mexican glass, pp. 65
Location: Cage – Uncataloged 44422

[Christales de Chihuahua Glass Factory, Juarez, Mexico]
El Paso, TX : International Specialty Co., n. d. ] 1 postcard:
Part of the caption on the back "see first hand the "Old World Art" of multi-shape and color glass items hand crafted and blown while you are there".
Location: Postcards Box E 33212.

Christales de Chihuahua Glass Factory, Juarez, Mexico]
[S. l. : s. n. , n.d.]. 1 postcard:
Part of the caption on the back "you are invited to watch the "Old World Art" of multi-shape and color glass items hand blown and crafted and blown while you are there".
Location: Postcards Box A

Alvarez , José Rogelio,
Vidrio soplado, Guadalajara.
Guadalajara, México : Planeación y Promoción, 1960. 51 p. :
In Spanish and English.
Location: Stacks TP854.M6 A47

Alvarez, José Rogelio,
Vidrio soplado / por José Rogelio Álvarez ; fotografías de Héctor García y Héctor Torres. [1a ed.] México, D.F. : Organización Editorial Novaro, 1969. 116 p.
English translation by Carmen Molina Enríquez. In Spanish and English.
Location: Stacks / Cage NK5114 .A47

Bali, Jaime. “Las hazañas de los vidrieros en México.”
México en el Tiempo, no. 37, 2000, pp. 10-13, ill.
History of glassmaking in Mexico.

Brothers, J. Stanley.
[Foreign glass material]
[Kalamazoo, MI : J. Stanley Brothers, n.d.]
Folders arranged by country, with material collected by J. S. Brothers pertaining to the
glass industry and glass objects, collected between the 1920s and 1975, but published earlier than 1920. Includes information copied from books and periodical
articles, ads, actual copies of newspaper and magazine articles, etc.
Historical overview, with emphasis on the 1940-1960 period.

Cristaleria, S.A., Monterrey, N.L, Mexico.
[Portfolio with leaves of glassware]
Monterrey, N.L., Mexico : Cristaleria, S.A., [196-?]
19 leaves in portfolio :
19 loose, numbered leaves in a portfolio. The front of each leaf has items in color, while the reverse has descriptive and ordering information. Plain tableware, novelties, lamps and candlesticks, ales, goblets, water bottles, terrariums, salad bowls, candy
jars, and vases.
Location: Trade Catalogs
Call Number: Cristaleria, S.A., Monterrey, N.L, Mexico.


González Tapia, Susana. Cristal cortado y cristalería artística
México, D.F. : Banco de México, Oficina de Investigaciones Industriales, [1954?]
41 leaves, [6] p. of plates :
Location: Stacks / Cage TP854.M6 G64

Kristaluxus Monterrey, N.L, Mexico.
Kristaluxus catalog. Monterrey: Kristaluxus, 198? 42 p. :
Index included. --Imitation cut glass. -- Figurines, bottles, perfumes, baskets, vases, ash trays, jewelry and candy boxes, barware, pitchers, decanters, novelties.
Location: Trade Catalog

Martinez, Alba Nora. Cuentos de crystal.
Zaragoza y Magallanes, Monterrey, Mexico : Museo del Vidrio, Centro de Arte Vitro, 1994. [88] p. :
Location: Stacks TP857.3 .M38
Location: Microforms F-15502

Romero de Terreros, Manuel. Las artes industriales en la Nueva España, por d. Manuel
Romero de Terreros y Vinent. México, Libreria de P. Robredo, 1923.
3 p. ß., 9-222 p., 2 ß.
Glass: p. 175-177.
Location: Stacks / Cage NK844 .R76
Call Number:

Toor, Frances.
Mexican popular arts; being a fond glance at the craftsmen and their handiwork in ceramics, textiles, metals, glass, paint, fibres, and other materials. Mexico, D.
F., F. Toor Studios, 1939. Detroit, Blaine Ethridge--Books, 1973.
107 + 11 pl. Handmade glass: p. 72.
Location: Stacks / Cage NK844 .T67 1973


Vertical file: Glass production—Mexico

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