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Bottle Catalog CoverBottle Catalog CoverThe Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at the University of Toledo has recently received a collection of records and artifacts from the Owens-Illinois company. This large collection includes business documents, bottle catalogs, photographs, films, books, patents, stock certificates, company newsletters, press releases and two collections of actual bottles. It also includes some rare personal letters from Michael J. Owens.

Working for Edward Libbey at Libbey Glass in 1903, Michael Owens developed the world's first automated bottle-blowing machine, revolutionizing the bottle industry. Libbey and Owens founded the Owens Bottle Machine Company to market the machine. Owens' original drawings of the bottle machine are included in the new collection. In 1929, Owens Bottle Machine Company bought the Illinois Glass Company and became the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. Owens-Illinois retains a major presence in the Toledo area.

The collection will be cataloged by Canaday Center staff and available to researchers in late 2006.

MSS-200: Collection Finding Aid [PDF]

Owens-Illinois, Inc., Company Records, MSS-200 [Digital Collection]

A few treasures from this collection are featured on the left.


Bottle Catalog

Bottle CatalogBottle Catalog
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Letter from Michael Owens

Letter from Michael OwensLetter from Michael Owens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Owens' Amazing Machine

A drawing of Michael Owens's bottle-making machineA drawing of Michael Owens's bottle-making machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Owens-Illinois Articles of Incorporation

 Articles of IncorporationArticles of Incorporation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spun Glass Doll

 Spun glass doll made by the Libbey Corporation for the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago  Spun glass doll made by the Libbey Corporation for the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago

 Spun glass doll made by the Libbey Corporation for the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago 


Photos of records from this collection

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