Now that you know all about my book fixation, I'll tell you a little bit about my fascination with glass.
These are a few of the Heisey glass animals that I've bought to resell but have never made it to the shop. They stay at home in my little foyer niche and wait for me to bring them friends. Aren't they sweet?
The ponies are a set of three that were made by the Heisey Glass Company between 1941 and 1952. The standing pony is the most common as it was made during the whole period. The kicking pony and the balking pony were only made during World War II, from 1941 to 1945.
Heisey made a number of animals including ducks, gazelles, horses, fish, dogs, pigs, chickens, and even tigers. When Imperial Glass bought Heisey in 1957, they began reproducing many of the animals. When Imperial closed in 1984, the Heisey Club bought the remaining molds and reproduced some of the animals in colors that hadn't originally been made so that they wouldn't confuse collectors.
Quick Fact: Did you know that Heisey's animal figurines were featured onstage in Tennessee Williams' popular play The Glass Menagerie? In 1950 when the play was made into a movie starring Jane Wyman, Heisey animals were again featured and so the company began advertising it in order to capitalize on the movie's popularity.
Sources: Heisey Glass 1896-1957 Identification & Value Guide, by Neila and Tom Bredehoft, 2003; and The Imperial Glass Encyclopedia, Volume I, by the National Imperial Glass Collector's Society, edited by James Measell, 1995.