Gene Florence, born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1944, graduated from the University of Kentucky where he held a double major in mathematics and English. He taught nine years in Kentucky at the junior high and high school levels before his glass collecting "hobby" became his full-time job. Mr. Florence has been interested in "collecting" since childhood, beginning with baseball cards and progressing through comic books, coins, bottles, and finally, glassware. He first became interested in Depression Glass after buying a large set of pink Sharon dinnerware at a garage sale for $5.00. By the time this book is published, he will have written over seventy books, at least sixty of them on glassware. Titles include the following: Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, in its fifteenth edition; Collectible Glassware from the 40s, 50s, 60s now in its sixth edition; Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era, now in its ninth edition; Collector's Encyclopedia of Akro Agate; Glass Candlesticks of the Depression Era; 2 volumes of Pattern Identification; 2 editions of Anchor Hocking's Fire-King and More; Very Rare Glassware of the Depression Years, (First through Sixth Series); The Collector's Encyclopedia of Occupied Japan, Volumes I through VI; and the Pocket Guide to Depression Glass, now in its twelfth edition. He also wrote six editions of an innovative Standard Baseball Card Price Guide and two volumes about Degenhart Collectibles. If you know of any unlisted or unusual pieces of kitchen glassware like the examples shown in this book, you may write Mr. Florence at Box 22186, Lexington, KY 40522 or Box 64, Astatula, FL 34705. If you would like a reply, you must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope - and be patient. The volume of mail and e-mail from his web page (www.geneflorence.com) has begun to escalate alarmingly. He still answers mail when time permits, but much of the year is spent writing, traveling, and doing research.Florence, Gene is the author of 'Kitchen Glassware of the Depression Years Identification & Values', published 2001 under ISBN 9781574322200 and ISBN 1574322206.