As one of America’s leading glassware and tableware manufacturers, Libbey Glass Company had its start in East Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1818. Among many achievements, it was the first to develop machine blown glass (1907) and the first to develop a computer-controlled blower for stemware (1995). Today, Libbey Glass Company is best known for their drinkware, like these Polaris Glasses and Tumblers. Although glass technology has changed quite a bit over the past 100 years, Libbey has managed to keep up with the times (and lead the way) with its glasses and home accessories. Available on Amazon; $24.99 for a set of 16 glasses and tumblers.
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10 Reliable Products That Have 100+ Years of Good Reviews
Libbey Glass Company (1818)
In 1876, crockery shop owner Melville R. Bissell invented the first-ever carpet sweeper, which he patented and transformed into the BISSELL business. The company specialized in floor cleaning products, inventing the manual carpet shampooer in 1956 and the deep cleaning carpet machine in 1979. Nowadays BISSELL manufactures carpet cleaners like the Big Green Deep Cleaning Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner Machine, a fan favorite with Amazon shoppers. Available on Amazon; $391.67.
Pendleton Blankets (1909)
From its home base in Oregon, Pendleton has been "Weaving America's Spirit" since 1909, when founder Thomas L. Kay first established the mill that would launch an enduring American lifestyle brand. Today, though much has changed about the sixth-generation, family-owned company, its original mill continues to craft the colorful wool blankets responsible for its early and continuing success. Customers now enjoy a greater selection than ever before among Pendleton blankets, but a standout in its current line must be National Park Collection (pictured here), whose colors and patterns channel the history and splendor of America's outdoor playgrounds. Available at Amazon; $188.
Radio Flyer Wagons (1917)
Perhaps the quintessential symbol of American innocence, the Radio Flyer (named for the twin technologic marvels of its day) owes its existence to pure chance. At the turn of the century, company founder Antonio Pasin was working as a carpenter in Chicago, transporting his tools from site to site via small wagons of his own devising. Soon, once customers began requesting to purchase wagons of their own, Pasin realized he was onto something. From then on, though the Radio Flyer has undergone scores of design changes, its bright-red, stamped-steel body has been a virtual constant, remaining as recognizable today as it was for our grandparents' generation. Available at Amazon; $112.99.
20-Mule Team Borax (1891)
20-Mule Team Borax has been a cleaning staple since the 1800s. The main ingredient, sodium borate, was discovered in Death Valley, CA in 1881, and less than 10 years later the Pacific Coast Borax Company began selling the product in stores as 20-Mule Team Borax. While Borax was first used as a laundry booster, innovative DIYers have since discovered its effectiveness as a bathroom or kitchen cleaner, as well as a pest deterrent and garden helper. Available on Amazon; $66.99 for a two-pack.
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Sherwin-Williams Paints (1866)
In 1866, Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams formed a partnership with the goal to make ready-mix paint attainable for the average American. With a lot of determination, hard-work, and trial-and-error, the two men created the highest-standard for the paint market. Today, the company is responsible for painting some of America’s most famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood Hills sign, and the White House—while still selling consistently good paint for the typical homeowner. DIYers can find a wide range of Sherwin-Williams paint colors in stores throughout the country, and basic colors like this Eggshell can be purchased online. Available at Lowes; $45.98.
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (1846)
This pantry staple first came to be in the kitchen of John Dwight who, with co-inventor Dr. Austin Church, packaged the first supplies in paper bags by hand. Soon after, the bicarbonate of soda—or baking soda—took on the trademark Arm & Hammer, which has since become a world-renowned name and logo thanks to its multitude of uses in household cleaning and hygiene. Available on Amazon; $4.95 for 4 lbs.
Colgate Toothpaste (1873)
Though the company found its start with the manufacturing and sale of starch, soap, and candles back in 1806, what most consumers know it for today—minty-fresh toothpaste—didn't come about until nearly 70 years later. Aromatic toothpaste appeared in jars in 1873 and then collapsible tubes (a predecessor to today's squeeze-style packaging) 23 years later. Available on Amazon; $2.96 for two.
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Lodge Skillets (1896)
The small town of South Pittsburgh, Tennessee has seen many changes since 1896, but at least one thing remains constant: it's still the home to one of America's most iconic cookware brands. Founded by Joseph Lodge, Lodge Manufacturing has been producing quality cast iron skillets for generations. The secret to their skillet's enduring popularity is likely due to the perfect alchemy of quality, versatility, and cost. Built to last a lifetime and with models that cost less than $20, a Lodge skillet can cook over virtually any heat source, whether gas, induction, grill, or campfire. Available on Amazon; $15.92.
Rit Dye (1917)
The dye that Grandma used to whiten shoes is the same thing people today can use to tie-dye shirts, dip dye curtains, or stain untreated wood and wicker. Rit dye became available to the American public during World War I at a time when consumers were cut off from popular European dyes. Americans went wild for the simple yet effective dye and Rit has been a household name ever since. Today Rit is available in a range of colors, both in powdered or liquid form. Available on Amazon; $6.79.