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This is a 1950 magazine advertisement for Westmoreland Glass Co., Grapeville, Pennsylvannia. The ad is a 9 3/4" by 12 3/4" full page color for Westmoreland's Finest Handmade Milk Glass Dinnerware. The Westmoreland Glass Company was founded in 1889. The company was run by two brothers, George and Charles West. Its main production was pressed glass tableware lines, mustard jars, and candy containers. In 1921, George West left the company and Charles West became president. Charles West changed the company's name from the Westmoreland Specialty Company to Westmoreland Glass Company. In the 1920s and 1930s, Charles West created a large decorating department at Westmoreland. Westmoreland began to produce high quality hand-decorated and cut glass. In 1937, the company changed hands from the West family to the hands of the Brainards. In the 1940s, the Brainards phased out the high quality hand-decorated glass and began to mass produce milk glass. The Brainards then sold the company in 1980 to David Grossman, a St. Louis businessman who did not have any prior experience with Westmoreland. As a result, the company went out of business in 1984.