Birmingham Age Herald, Fenton
This piece was evidently given to subscribers by newspaper boys as a token of thanks from the Birmingham, Alabama newspaper. The phrase at the bottom reads, "Carriers Greetings." Ruffled bowls like that on the left are more scarce than the plates. This ruffled example sold for $1,050 at the 2012 Heart of American Carnival Glass auction. Photo courtesy of Seeck Auctions.

Hartung Book Four: Birmingham Age Herald

More about the Birmingham Age Herald pieces

Bowls, 8-9 inches

Amethyst, 1,900 (2018), 525 (2019), 575 (2020), 900, 1,700 (both 2021)


Amethyst, 2,200 (2018), 500, 950 (both 2019), 1,450 (2020), 1,800 (2021)

Plates, handgrip, one known

Amethyst, 1,000 (2009), 7,250 (2018)

From The Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass Lettered Pieces,
by John Resnik, 1989.

"The Birmingham Age-Herald was founded in 1874, and was a morning newspaper
through various ownerships until its demise on May 13, 1950. The buiding depicted
on the bowl and plate was built in 1910, and still stands at 2109 Fifth Avenue North;
in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Birmingham News, the newpaper which absorbed the Age-Herald in 1950, ran
an article on March 15, 1974 about the Age-Herald Bowl. Among other things, the
article quoted an unnamed expert who reported there were only 5 bowls left, and that
they were worth $3,000 each! There also was mention of an ad, which had
appeared some years before, offering purchase any Age-Herald piece for $300. This,
at long last, gives some credence to one of the old Carnival Glass legends."

Last updated 8/16/2021

I found a Google photo of the front of the building taken in April 2017.
How do I know it's the actual building? On close examination, the lettering
on the window over the door reads "Age-Herald Building." The building
now houses a company called Red Mountain Entertainment. --Dave Doty