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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Unusual spelling in name reflected in pieces
Norfolk Daily News, November 19th

She might break a damaged bowl of depression glass into small pieces, polish the outside edges of a piece with a glass grinder, and use it to make a vintage pendant. “People have beautiful antiques in cupboards, put away that the kids don't want...Read more

Ronald Dwight Harroun
The Torrington Telegram, November 19th

One of Ron's later ambitions was making jewelry from beautifully colored Depression glass pieces and bottleneck cuttings. Ron was a valued member and supporter of Lingle's Western History Center. Ron had the knack for witching or dowsing using bent ...Read more

Depression glass collection on exhibit
Otago Daily Times, November 14th

Since the 1980s, they have been collecting American Depression glass, now have ''well over'' 100 pieces and decided they wanted to share it with people rather than have it stored in boxes at home. Mr Comfort has built lit display cases and the four...Read more

Mia's Marketplace is the November Business of the Month
The Topsail Advertiser, November 13th

SURF CITY — The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is pleased to announce Mia's Marketplace is the November Business of the Month. Mia's Marketplace, located at 14061 NC Hwy 50 in Surf City, is owned by Sandi Lowry and her ...Read more

21st Annual Tulsa Antique Glass And Pottery Show This Weekend
News On 6, November 11th

TULSA, Oklahoma - The 21st Annual Tulsa Antique Glass & Pottery Show is scheduled for this weekend. Collectors will find all types of Depression glass, dinnerware and more at the event. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 15, and ...Read more

Krista: Traveling with her mother after dementia
Cincinnati.com, November 8th

It is why my mother's green Depression glass bowl sits in the center of my dining room table, why I pack off an old French version of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit as an Easter gift for my college daughter, along with my own mother-daughter note. I may...Read more

Events in Metro Detroit
The 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

Glass show features wares of all types
Dearborn Press and Guide, October 27th

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. View and purchase photos. It comes in all shapes, sizes and colors...Read more