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Almost all the items on this shelf are Vitrolite material and promotional materials made by Libbey-Owens-Ford. There are two brochures related to Owens-Illinois's line of insulux products as well.

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Vitrolite brochures

1930s to 1940s

Vitrolite sales brochures, photographs of applications, and samples, ca. 1930s to 1940s.  Libbey-Owens-Ford Company Records, MSS-066. Vitrolite, a colored decorative glass, was produced by L-O-F and sold for many applications, including restaurants, movie theatres, and store fronts.  The product helped to influence art deco architecture.  It was marketed as sleek and modern, and easy to clean.  A contest, sponsored by the company and the Federal Housing Administration, encouraged architects to design store fronts to modernize Main Street, U.S.A. that would feature the product.  Today, Vitrolite is a prized product that historic preservationists seek to preserve and restore.


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Vitrolux Colorator

1930s to 1940s

The Vitrolux colorator was a handy tool to help buyers coordinate the color of flooring, walltiles, and other interior design elements by turning the wheels and aligning the colors.

Insulux brochures


Insulux Glass Block sales brochures, 1942.  Owens-Illinois Company Records, MSS-200.
These brochures promoted insulated glass blocks, a product developed by O-I as a building material.  The glass blocks influenced the architecture of the period.