Duralex Glassware is a National Treasure in France

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Duralex Glassware is a National Treasure in France

New Castle, DE – February 2011 – Duralex drinking glasses have a rich, history in the memories of French men and women. According to many, Duralex is a magical name, which tells a story of childhood with the little inlaid numbers, 1 through 48, found at the bottom of the canteen tumblers that students all played with during lunchtime.

There were several games. Some adults remember playing a game where the child with the highest number at a cafeteria table had to clean the table, others remember playing an age game with the numbers and still other remember the numbers being used as the order in which one could go outside. The Duralex glasses were an ordinary part of daily life for decades. They went out of fashion for a little while and returned as a national treasurer, an item that reminds the French of the freedoms and joys of childhood.

Duralex owes its birth to the Saint-Gobain group and the industrial patent for molded, tempered glass, developed in 1936 in the La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin factory. In 1945, Duralex used the technology to create tumblers that proved to be perfectly transparent with lasting clarity and practically unbreakable. This molded, tempered glass took the form of the emblematic “le Gigogne. In half a century, this canteen or cafeteria tumbler has become a legend and a national treasure.