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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Ann's pink bowl
News-Press Now, November 24th

Almost everybody has fond memories of a favorite family recipe served in a familiar, recognizable dish. The big yellow bowl of potato salad, the old blue-and-white platter heaped with fried chicken. My cousin Ann has a beautiful pink Depression glass bowl...Read more

Treasures: Glassware pieces churned out in vast quantities
Charlotte Observer, November 23rd

They made a vast variety of wares, but today's collectors often associate them with Depression glass. Hazel Atlas churned out vast quantities of everyday glassware (often signed with an "HA" on the bottom), and K. V.'s pitcher should be valued in the...Read more

Antiques malls have become museums of our grandparents' past
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, November 22nd

There are beer steins and ashtrays, Mason jars, candlestick telephones, claw foot bathtubs, Griswold frying pans — which we always called spiders — toy automobiles, radiator caps, Life magazines, Depression glass, Victrolas, player pianos. As we...Read more

Nostalgia, passion, money drive 'Star Wars' toy collectors
La Crosse Tribune, November 21st

It will be on display starting Monday in a section of the museum called the Collector's Corner, where Roll has showcased everything from Depression glass to antique cuckoo clocks and Band Aid tins collected by area residents. Earlier this year, the...Read more

Clinton on Glass-Steagall: Right or wrong?
CBS News, November 16th

Enacted as part of the Banking Act in 1933 in response to the Great Depression, Glass-Steagall imposed a separation between investment banking and commercial banking. This prevented federally backed deposits in commercial banks -- the type the public ...Read more

China, Depression glass don't sell well any more
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, November 14th

I do not go to a lot of weddings or showers, but I do wonder: Do young people getting married today still pick out a china set or a pattern of silverware or silver plates? That was the norm for my first wedding. Why do I wonder now? In the present...Read more

Vintage Pyrex takes center stage at glass show
Hometownlife.com, October 30th

Now collect and display the iconic kitchenware with a little help from the Michigan Depression Glass Society. The organization, which meets monthly in Livonia, will display vintage Pyrex at its annual show and sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7...Read more

Depression-era glass show coming to Dearborn
Dearborn Press and Guide, October 30th

Michigan Depression Glass Society president Jonathan Fuhrman prepares for the club's 43rd show and sale, Nov. 7 and 8 in Dearborn, featuring an exhibit on 100 years of Pyrex glassware. Michael D. Barber, author of Pyrex Passion, will be a guest at the ...Read more