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Josef and Fritzi Mahler Glass Collection Photographs

Identifier: MS-0235

Scope and Contents

This photographic collection documents the Josef and Fritzi Mahler glass collection, which consisted largely of Biedermeier vessels. It is divided into two series by photographic format.

(1) Photographic Prints, Circa 1965

(2) Negatives (Photographs), Circa 1920-1940


  • Circa 1920-1965


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Josef Mahler was an Austrian businessman born in 1886. His father, Sigmund Mahler, founded the Austrian paper company BrĂ¼der Mahler Papier und Pappenfabriken. His younger brother, Ernst Mahler, immigrated to the United States in 1912 to work for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Wisconsin.

Josef Mahler married Fritzi Forster, and the couple lived in Vienna. They began collecting Biedermeier glass prior to World War II and evidently sent their glass collection to Fritzi Forster Mahler's sister in London for safekeeping in the mid-1930s. Ernst Mahler assisted the couple in immigrating to the United States after the Austrian Anschluss of 1938. They settled in Larchmont, New York, and continued to build their glass collection.

Fifty objects from the Josef and Fritzi Mahler Glass Collection were exhibited at The Corning Museum of Glass in 1966, three years after Josef Mahler's death. After Fritzi Mahler's death, the collection was sold at auction by Wiener Kunstauktion on September 27, 1994. The auction catalog notes the objects exhibited in Corning.

Researchers should note that Ernst Mahler also collected Central European glass. He and his wife, Carol, were instrumental in founding and supporting the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, Wisconsin.


1.7 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box and 3 glass plate negative boxes)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Several glass plate negatives are discolored, perhaps from a chemical intensification process. The single acetate negative in the collections is quite deteriorated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photographic prints appear to have been created by the Museum's Collections Department. The source of the negatives is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Josef and Fritzi Mahler Glass Collection Photographs, Circa 1920-1965
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
April 30, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA