In honor of our visit to the Wheaton's American Glass Museum in Millsville, NJ, two days ago, I selected some American stamps about glass. We will post some pictures from the Wheaton Glass Factory later. It was interesting to read that the British forbade all glassmakers to emigrate to America and that it was illegal to make glass in colonial America. The colonialists, who needed glass badly for containers and windows, imported glassmakers from Germany, so the American glass tradition is more based on German techniques than British. Wheaton was founded by a pharmacist that needed glass bottles for his products. The oldest bottles didn't have labels, instead it said on the glass itself with raised letters what the contents where (like Strychnine, Dr. Spocks Liniment, Sarsaparilla, etc.). I didn't really think much about glass before but after seeing this museum I have a new appreciation for it. More on this topic later.