Tribute to Fran Taylor


Fran Taylor


Andrew Joseph Habrat


Agnus Theresa Lopusnak


Bruce Taylor


Stephanie Taylor


Joe, Tom, Bob and Ray


Art School in Detroit, 1938




Gay Fad Studios


In 1938, with a $30.00 investment, Fran Taylor started her own company which would go on to become one of the major forces in glass ware design during the 1940s and 1950s. Today, she has left a great legacy of hand-decorated glassware that collectors are rediscovering.


The first born child of a Pennsylvania coal miner, she became head of her own multimillion dollar business. She was one of a handful of professional women at the time. She stepped out from poverty and prejudice and became a brilliant and successful professional.


She was a colorful, vital and immensely kind person and is remembered fondly by her friends and family.