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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Statesman Journal, April 11th

A garden table features Depression glass filled with candy favors. A yellow egg cup sits in a cupcake liner that is spread to look like a flower. Daue House. What: Assistance League Gift Shop sells consignment dishes, household items, clothes and more...Read more

Editorial: Give Islamic finance a chance
Arab News, April 10th

This completely sensible division was what existed in the US, thanks to the post-Depression Glass-Steagall legislation of 1933. In the UK, the division had always existed. What were then called “Merchant banks” regarded themselves as altogether a cut...Read more

Q&A with 'The Deep Blue's' Danielle Perreault
KeepMEcurrent.com, April 9th

We have received rare-colored pieces, including bottle kick-ups, Depression glass, and Coke and Pepsi bottle pieces. Former first lady Barbara Bush plans to donate a few pieces of her collection when she returns to Maine later this spring. Q: What are...Read more

Family traditions mark Easter
Asheville Citizen-Times, April 4th

In the case of the Tietje family, which includes Joy, Josh, 3-year-old Nolan and baby Emery, who will turn 3 months old the day after Easter, the eggs are deviled, and served with a family lunch on a yellow, Depression-glass plate that was a wedding...Read more

Community news: Mason Valley
Reno Gazette Journal, April 4th

We also have a wonderful display of Kewpie dolls, depression glass and Chinese and Japanese item. The museum will hold its annual open house in June in conjunction with the local car show. Don't miss these displays. — Yvonne Draper, 775-463-2180...Read more

Downtown Mesa businesses readying for light-rail construction
Arizona Capitol Times, April 2nd

At the Glass Urn, which specializes in Depression glass, owner Fran McLendon said her business has declined. “I'm sure it's because of construction,” she said. Michel Pomeroy-Fluhr, owner of Pomeroy's Men's and Missionary Store, said the nonprofit ...Read more

Polk County Historical Society: 'New Deal' exhibit at Carnegie Building in ...
Crookston Daily Times, March 28th

If anyone has depression glass or photos of WPA projects to share, they are invited to bring them to the open house or contact Amiot at 289-8889 or Gray at 281-2663. Gray said the exhibit will be in the Carnegie Building instead of the Polk County...Read more

Sales heating up may be a good indicator of spring
Tribune-Review, March 23rd

As is the custom, the day opens with an uncataloged sale at 9 a.m. That sale is stocked with Depression glass and furniture, toys, pottery, primitives and other goods from a Sharpsburg estate. Then, just around noon, Pletcher opens the main event. On...Read more