Owens-Illinois Glass Company

Owens-Illinois Glass Company, Bridgeton, NJ

This may look like a real photo postcard, but it’s actually a black-and-white photochrome postcard with a deckled edge. It was published by Dexter Press of Pearl River, New York.

Owens-Illinois was a key place in my family’s history. This from the obituary of my grandmother, Mildred Cossaboon, who passed away on 27 March 2008:

She was the daughter of the late Philip Nelson Smith and the late Charlotte Blanch (nee Arison) Smith. Born in Flatwoods, Fayette County, Pa., on June 30, 1923, she attended grade school in Franklin Township, Pa., and graduated from Dunbar High School, in 1942. Mrs. Cossaboon came, as did many others, to work at the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, in 1943.

It was there that she met my grandfather, a glassblower, and the rest is history.

Her cousin, John Hodinka (“Sonny”), also came to work there after his service with the 82nd Airborne Division. He’s a great man who is very proud of his service (and rightfully so), and would love to jump out of a perfectly good airplane even today.

Not surprisingly, he’s enamored with the Band of Brothers miniseries. He told me that he was watching the interviews and that one of the members of Easy Company was talking about how he went to work for Owens-Illinois in Bridgeton. (That man was Carwood Lipton, played in the movie by Donnie Wahlberg.) Sonny told me with surprise, “I worked with that son-of-a-bitch for five years and he never said a word.”

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2 Responses

  1. LARRY DESALVO says:

    I HAVE A CALENDER FROM 1926. WHEN THE OWENS ILLINOIS GLASS CO FROM BRIDGETON WAS THE ILLINIOS GLASS CO. IT IS A SAFETY CALENDER WITH SAFETY PICTURES ON EACH MONTHS PAGE. IT IS 19 INCHES IN LENGTH AND 11 INCHES IN WIDTH THE JAN. PAGE IS TAPED IN SPOTS I WAS WONDERING IF IT HAS ANY HISTORIC VALUE

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