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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41st Annual American Glass, Pottery, Dinnerware Show and Sale: The South Florida Depression Glass Club holds its annual show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach...Read more

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NJ.com, January 25th

There will be something for everyone in every price category, including art pottery, art glass, books, bronzes, clocks, depression glass, jewelry, lamps, linens, paintings, porcelain, posters, prints, Victorian glass, vintage fashions, decorative...Read more

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Lynchburg News and Advance, January 18th

She was a faithful member of the Amelon United Methodist Church, the Seven Hills Depression Glass Club, and the Rebekah Lodge #22 where she had served as a Noble Grand. Due to failing health she spent the past four years at Westminister Canterbury...Read more

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New Jersey Herald, January 17th

Just next to the homesite was a well, a small dump that contained some china and some Depression glass, piles of coal and many pieces of slate — which was probably roofing material. There were two other outbuilding foundations as well as a large ...Read more

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Lynchburg News and Advance, January 12th

She was a faithful member of the Amelon United Methodist Church, the Seven Hills Depression Glass Club, and the Rebekah Lodge #22 where she had served as a Noble Grand. Due to failing health she spent the past four years at Westminister Canterbury...Read more

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Permian Basin Depression Glass Club meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1601 E. 42nd St. Call 580-5800. The Odessa Optimist Club meets for lunch at noon Fridays in the community room on the second ...Read more

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Tribune-Review, January 11th

The laundry list of goods includes some Rosewood and Rookville pottery, Depression glass, trunks and chests, 1950s and '60s spice tins, military gear from both sides of World War II and a team photo of the champions of the H.C. Frick employee baseball ...Read more

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 2nd

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