Monday, April 28, 2014

Depression Glass

This clear or colored glassware was produced from the 1920s to the 1940s, and became quite popular during the depression, thus the name it was given. Many times it was free, being packaged in something like Quaker Oats or laundry detergent – wouldn’t it have been a treat to find a lovely cup or dish in something so everyday? Others were given away as premiums at gas stations, theaters, etc. It could be found in dime stores, often for as little as 5 or 10 cents. That small bit of color and shine brought a bit of brightness to those whose lives and livelihoods were deeply affected by the depression.

More than 20 manufacturers produced depression glass, with well over 100 patterns being made. Most of these companies were in central or midwest areas of the United States. Some of the more well-known glass producers were Anchor Hocking, Indiana Glass and Federal Glass Company. The glassware was produced mainly in clear, pink, pale blue, green or amber colors. Depression glass was mass-produced and inexpensive, often having visible flaws such as air bubbles or mold marks.

Do you collect depression glass? If you plan to start, be sure to do your research. There are numerous websites and many books available that will describe the patterns and tell you how to choose wisely. Be sure to watch out for reproductions – many were done in the 1970s and beyond. Also, check glassware well for damage such as chips or cracks.

These days collectors have driven prices of depression glass pieces well above their original prices, but they can still be found in antique stores and flea markets. Some people collect only one pattern while others collect pieces by color.

My sister and I were both lucky to find patterns with our names made by the Federal Glass Company, and over the years we have picked up pieces here and there. Here is most of my small collection:
Clockwise starting at the top they are: a clear cake plate (I have 2 – they make a cake look so pretty!), an amber cup and saucer set, a pink cheese dish, a blue butter dish (reproduction) and an amber serving bowl. In the center are salt and pepper shakers with zinc lids.

If you haven’t started collecting yet, why not pick up a piece or two of depression glass? It will add a pretty spot of color to your shelves!
The month of April will be over this week – hasn’t it gone quickly? Check out the remaining observances/holidays on the “Holidays” page and look for the list for May on Thursday.
The Husband’s Choice cookbook has been selected – watch for the results later in the week. It should be interesting!
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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