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Depression Glass is generally considered to be colored glassware that was made primarily during the Depression era (1929 to 1939), although some collectible glassware was made later. It was very inexpensive glass and was sold mainly in five and ten cent stores and given away as premiums or included with other purchases (like gasoline, cereal, soap, Quaker Oats and even local movie theaters). The colors of the glassware include pink, red, blue, green, yellow, amber, white and crystal (clear).
I have been collecting Depression Glass for years - I just love all that old glass! It is all so heavy and sturdy that it holds up well despite decades of use. It is amazing to think that some pieces are over 70 years old!
The History of Depression Glass begins around the late 1920s and continues through the 1940s. The term “Depression Glass” is used to describe typically very colorful glassware that was produced during this period.
When the Great Depression hit, the lack of money created an ideal atmosphere for a clever, inexpensive product. So when the cheap process for Depression glass was discovered, it quickly gained popularity on the American table. In fact, Depression Glass can be thanked for some glass companies being able to weather the Depression.
The First Depression Glass Pattern.
The pattern called Avocado (also known as Sweet Pear) was the first Depression Glass Pattern. It was made by Indiana Glass Company from 1923 to 1933.
Its important to remember that Depression Glass continues in production today, and of course this isn’t “authentic” but reproductions. Thus when you’re shopping make sure you look for straw marks and ripples that come from the older molds. Avoid pieces with cracks or chips, however, as these significantly deter the on-going value of your collectible’s investment.
What is Depression Glass?
Everyone has heard of Depression Glass, but exactly What is Depression Glass?
Depression Glass was made primarily during the Depression years (from 1929 to 1939). The economy was very bad and most people could not afford to purchase items (like glassware) for their homes. Glass companies began to make very cheap glass and it was sold at in five and ten cent stores and given away by companies as premiums or included with other purchases (like gasoline, cereal, soap, Quaker Oats and even local movie theatres). Depression Glass is know for its colors which included pink, red, blue, green, yellow, amber, white and clear.
Some people claim that Depression Glass is the most collected item in the United States. If this is true, it is because so many of us have pieces of the glass that were handed down from our mothers or our grandmothers. Most collector's interest in glass collecting starts with trying to find out about the glass that has been passed down through the generations.
The more expensive, higher quality glass of the depression era was sold in department and jewelry stores and is called Depression Era Elegant Glass. It is also highly collectible, and usually more valuable than Depression Glass.
Glass made in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s is also very collectible - both the cheap "dime store" glass and the elegant patterns.
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