During the 1920s, 19th-century pattern-glass manufacturers such as McKee, Heisey, and Fostoria struggled as the real thing from Waterford and Baccarat, among other European manufacturers, became relatively inexpensive and plentiful in the United States. But when the Great Depression hit, Americans once again turned to pattern glass, which we know today as Depression glass, for entertaining and everyday use.
One of the biggest names in Depression glass was Hocking, which became Anchor Hocking in 1937. During the 1930s, Hocking was able to produce 90 pieces of glassware per minute, which meant it could sell a pair of Depression glass tumblers for only a nickel.
Contemporary collectors look for Depression-era Hocking in rare color-pattern combinations, or for limited-run pieces. For example, Hocking’s Cameo pattern was quiet common when it came to dinnerware, but a Cameo sandwich server in green or a covered butter dish in yellow is considered a prize. Similarly, Hocking made a lot of cups and saucers in Mayfair, but finding a footed console bowl in pink is difficult.
Hazel-Atlas was known for a subtle, ring pattern called Moderntone, which was mostly produced in cobalt and amethyst but can also be found in pink. Indiana Glass made bowls, plates, and tumblers in crystal and amber, but rare blue pieces occasionally turn up. Jeannette was known for its iridescent Floragold and translucent Floral patterns, the rarest of which are the footed, Floral compotes in pink or green.
Finally, before it became a part of Corning in 1936, Macbeth-Evans made a lot of Dogwood tableware in pink (“Wild Rose”) and green (“Apple Blossom”). Pink pitchers in the American Sweetheart style are especially sought-after.
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What's old is beautiful again at Wallflower AntiquesThe West Milford Messenger, October 30th
“The 70s, 80s and 90s are very popular.” Vintage merchandise, she explained, is at least 20 years old and antique items are 100 years old or older. “I sell furniture, art, posters, prints, milk and depression glass and housewares – a lot of different...Read more
Events in Metro DetroitThe Detroit News, October 30th
Featuring all American-made glassware from the early 1900s to the 1960s. Hosted by the Michigan Depression Glass Society. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. $5. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 943-2354. Windows of Opportunity exhibit...Read more
42nd Annual Glass Show and Sale on November 1 and 2Dearborn Free Press, October 30th
DEARBORN, Michigan – The Michigan Depression Glass Society (MDGS) will host their 42nd show and sale on November 1st and 2nd at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. The show will feature nearly two-dozen dealers from ...Read more
Front Porch Pickins presents first-ever vintage marketPeoria Times, October 30th
Expect mid-century modern pieces, handmade linens and clothing, custom and vintage jewelry, depression glass, fine furniture crafted from pallets and other upcycled materials and an abundance of other trinkets and treasures when Front Porch Pickins ...Read more
Madison branch welcomes Campbell as adult services librarianMadison Record, October 27th
A south Huntsville native, she now lives in Madison and “loves exploring my hometown's neighbor city and local businesses. I already feel at home in Madison.” She enjoys antique shopping for teapots and Depression Glass, crafting, reading, hiking and ...Read more
Glass show features wares of all typesDearborn Press and Guide, October 27th
Published: Monday, October 27, 2014. By Jodi Rempala Press & Guide. Thousands are expected at a Depression-era glass show this weekend at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Photo courtesy Michigan Depression Glass Society...Read more
Serendipity: It's OK to be a dabblerFreeport Journal-Standard, October 18th
Maybe you know all about depression glass. Maybe you are a car nut. Maybe you have a green thumb and can identify a weed from an heirloom plant a mile away. Maybe you like depression glass and cars and plants. Whether you are heavy into one thing or ...Read more
Antique and Depression-era glass show held this weekend in JacksonvilleFlorida Times-Union, October 14th
The 41st annual Antique Glass and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 5530 Beach Blvd. Held by the Depression Glass Club of Jacksonville, the ...Read more