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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Tampabay.com, February 10th

4 Depression Glass Club Sale: Tinted glassware often used as customer giveaways from the 1920s to the 1940s is a favorite of collectors, and this weekend the Sparking Clearwater Depression Glass Club's 37th annual sale features national dealers...Read more

Cracking down then too
Brewton Standard, February 10th

There was a story about an East Brewton resident, Wilellen Elliott, who was a collector of depression glass, carnival glass and vaseline glass. It has been my experience that people collect all sorts of things, but I particularly liked the pieces that...Read more

Glass show, sale set for Valentine's weekend
Tampa Bay Newspapers, February 8th

Numerous types of glass will be for sale, including American-made art glass, carnival glass, depression glass and pattern glass. China, pottery, dinnerware and kitchenware spanning the decades from the 1880s into the 1960s also will be available...Read more

Luminescent beach glass draws searchers to Lake Superior
Bemidji Pioneer, February 8th

Gorham's include a larger grapefruit shade that might be Depression glass, and a citron piece. But her favorites are common clear pieces, made frosty white over time. Good search spots in the area include the beach in Canal Park along the Lakewalk...Read more

Seeing your glass half full leads to depression
The Siasat Daily, February 8th

London: Your positive or negative thinking is more than just a personality trait. If you consider yourself an optimistic person, bad news: your sunny outlook makes you more prone to depression, according to a new research. The New York University study ...Read more

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Bend Bulletin, February 7th

In Taft 2nd Hand Antiques, I found a 1923 cash register ($250) and an eclectic array of discarded memories, including Depression glass, fishing poles and an old butcher's scale. Just up the highway, there was no mistaking the double entendre at a store ...Read more

Luminescent beach glass draws searchers to Lake Superior's shores
West Central Tribune, February 6th

Gorham's include a larger grapefruit shade that might be Depression glass, and a citron piece. But her favorites are common clear pieces, made frosty white over time. Good search spots in the area include the beach in Canal Park along the Lakewalk...Read more

Depression-glass dealers' retirement reflects end of an era
Orlando Sentinel, December 20th

The world was different when Millie Downey got hooked on Depression glass as a child playing with dishes on the Ohio farm where she grew up. She and her husband of 63 years, who started a Central Florida Depression-glass club when they moved to the ...Read more