I. W. Rice & Co. was founded in 1905 as an importer of perfume bottles and other vanity items, as well as vases, salt and pepper shakers, crystal accessories, and table crystal gifts. With Irving W. Rice as president and Lou D. Bloom as sales manager, the company quickly prospered, importing items from all over the world and selling them under the name of "Irice imports." During the 1930s, they specialized in Czechoslovakian crystal. They switched to American manufacturers such as Imperial Glass during World War II, and went back to importing after the war: first from West Germany, and later from Japan. Still in business today, most contemporary Irice imports come from Taiwan. See "I. W. Rice Co. Inc. aka Irving W. Rice & Co". Glass Lovers Glass Database. Retrieved 2014-11-05.