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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Wellington — The National Depression Glass Association announces that the NDGA National Glass Museum will be participating in the Wellington Fall Fest and Homecoming activities Friday and Oct. 10. Vice president of NDGA Pam Meyer, invites everyone ...Read more

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Eleanor was an avid collector of Depression glass. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, William and Joyce McKay of Ripley; daughters, Susan McKay of South Charleston and Karen McKay and her companion, Alan Freeman, of Lewisburg; two ...Read more

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The historical society's mission of introducing Cranbury's history to a new generation of people near and far continues with its current exhibition, “Depression Glass,” in the Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East, on Sundays, 1-4 p.m. The exhibit...Read more

WHAT'S GOING ON: Oct. 2, 2015
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The Cranbury Museum at 4 Park Pace East in Cranbury will be open from 1-4 p.m. Visitors can see the new exhibit, “Depression Glass: Candy-Colored Glass of the Depression Era,“ which showcases the colorful American glassware produced during the ...Read more

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Fiestaware, colored Depression glass and a collection of old balls play nicely against century-old oak planks and a hand-hewn post from an Ohio barn. CMU graduate student Justin Lacey and partner Miriam Devlin built another set of shelves for the...Read more

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Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, August 29th

In between, especially during the Great Depression, this was not the case, so the industry developed a line of glassware that was eventually called Depression glass, made at a very low cost and marketed in a way that almost every family could boast of ...Read more

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The National Depression Glass Association's 41st annual convention Glass Show and Sale is Saturday, July 11, 2015, and Sunday at the KCI Expo Center. Dealer Kay Tucker talks about the differences between depression and elegant glassware. Hours for ...Read more