The Akro Agate company was one of the companies during the Depression that specialized in specialty items like ashtrays, vases, powder jars, and children's dishes. They are most famous for their production of glass marbles, which is where the name aggies came from. The Akro Agate Company worked hard to establish their unique niche in glass history. The company was incorporated in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1914. They began their production with glass marbles and developed their distinctive colors working with them. By the 1930s Akro Agate was using unique colors to produce other products like the ones mentioned above. The company remained in business until 1951. Most Akro items are marked with a crow (A-kro), with marbles in it's beak and claws.