Depression Glass

Depression glass is clear or colored glassware manufactured from the late 1920s to the early 40s. During the Great Depression this colorful glassware, a cheerful and inexpensive antidote to the dark days of that era, could be purchased at the dime store for about a nickel. Companies like Quaker Foods would place one in the box as an incentive for purchase, theaters would hand them out if you purchased a ticket. Very inexpensive to manufacture, from cheap material and free power in the mid west, by more than 100 companies, depression-era glassware was massed produced from molded glass in many bright colors. Pink, cobalt and green are colors most in demand today, depression glass also came in amber, yellow, opaque white known as Monax, and iridescent. Some patterns buyers seek today are Cameo, Mayfair, American Sweetheart, Princess and Royal Lace.

Depression glass with other vintage finds from the antique market.

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These green cake stands would look beautiful at the dessert table filled with cupcakes.

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Finding and using amber Depression Glass to set a beautiful table.
The amber centerpiece bowl below makes a beautiful container for flowers

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Depression glass was also manufactured in yellow, it is hard to find and one of my favorite colors

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Next time you go antique shopping keep your eye open for this beautiful glass and start a collection, mix it in with the tableware you have and use it everyday or display fresh cut flowers from your garden.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami

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