Gay Fad Studios

Everything you always wanted to know about Fran Taylor and Gay Fad
but never could find out
... until NOW!

Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy
is THE definitive Gay Fad encyclopedia that collectors have been
eagerly -- and impatiently -- awaiting for decades!

Here it is!
Two volumes with a total of
610 pages,
1,549 photographs,
and 745 scans!

Book tocVolume 1 tells the fascinating personal story of Fran Taylor, the amazing artist, designer, and entrepreneur who single handedly founded Gay Fad Studios, Inc. and proceeded to build it into the premier glass decorating company of the mid-twentieth century. (You’ll love the old family photos!) Volume 1 also lists hundreds of Gay Fad designs, including pictures, descriptions, and design variations, plus provides Gay Fad catalogs and price lists and identifies Gay Fad employees and sales representatives. There’s even a Fran Taylor family tree!

Volume 2 details Gay Fad’s nine Design Lines and the designs found in each, including pictures, descriptions, and design variations, plus provides fascinating historical Gay Fad photographs, advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles, and invoices. Of particular interest to collectors, Volume 2 also discusses how to identify Gay Fad designs even when the glassware is not signed or marked with the distinctive Gay Fad insignia, and devotes an entire chapter to “What’s NOT Gay Fad,” other companies’ designs commonly mis-attributed to Gay Fad. If you’re new to Gay Fad, you’ll especially enjoy the chapter on “The Artistry of Gay Fad,” the Ohio Glass Museum’s Gay Fad exhibit. Here you will find numerous photographs that will give you an overview of the incredible number of Gay Fad designs that truly are Fran Taylor’s extraordinary legacy!

Meticulously researched and documented by Donna McGrady, Gay Fad collector extraordinaire, and Kitty Hanson of santafetradingpost.com, Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy has been two years in the making. Never before has anyone documented 453 separate Gay Fad designs, including the multiple individual designs contained within various Gay Fad design series and/or lines. All told, over 900 individual designs are pictured, all beautifully photographed or scanned from Gay Fad catalogs and advertisements.

With Forewords by Fran’s daughter Stephanie Taylor and Fran’s niece Pat Beatty, Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy is a must-have addition to any glass lover’s library. Makes the perfect gift for the collector in your life -- especially if that collector is YOU!

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The Fran Taylor Story

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Gay Fad Catalogs

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Gay Fad Advertising

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Gay Fad Design Lines - Novelty Glassware

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Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy
Volume 1

308 pages - 651 photos - 402 scans

Price: $79.95

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Gay Fad Designs - Identified

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Gay Fad Price Lists

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Gay Fad Design Lines - State Glasses

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What’s NOT Gay Fad

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Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy
Volume 2

302 pages - 898 photos - 343 scans

Price: $79.95

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