by Ruth Forsythe
Issue #17 - September 1974

The name certainly was not chosen because the pattern in any way resembles George's wife, Martha. The name no doubt is because the pattern is a reproduction of Early American Thumbprint. Reproductions are nothing new, they always have been and always will be. It is said that to be copied is the most sincere form of flattery.

The old thumbprint patterns were flint glass. Cambridge did not make flint, so no trouble telling the difference.

MARTHA WASHINGTON is dated 1940, so is one of the later Cambridge patterns.

The design is made up of rows of thumbprints. Bases and borders are plain so enhance rather than fight with the principal design.

MARTHA WASHINGTON was made in clear and in colors. We saw a pair of candlesticks in Mandarin Gold and they were gorgeous. Lots of life and sparkle as the thumbprints seemed to reflect one another.

Worthy or a choice spot in any oollection

Ref: Cambridge Glass Co., Catalogue

Martha Washington advertisement