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From the back Cover: Perhaps no one could have foreseen the amazing transformation of Costa Mesa from a sleepy rancho to todays bustling City of the Arts.Along with other Orange County cities, Costa Mesa experienced explosive growth, redevelopment, county bankruptcy, traffic, and environmental issues.

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Baccarat paperweights became a staple of the famous French glass company in the nineteenth century.

The company was founded in 1764 and became France's major glass company by 1822.

Over the last 70 years innumerable bottles have been blown for sale in gift shops, museum shops while others have been make by unscrupulous scoundrels out to make a quick buck from someone else’s ignorance or gullibility.

Sometimes even the experts get fooled, but with a little practice and knowledge most collectors can protect themselves from a foolish investment in a bad piece of glass.

And we have many historic photos to choose from for your home, office or gift! The Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit group whose mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history of the Costa Mesa area.