Monday, April 12, 2010

D is for Depression Glass

Imperial Glass Co., Laced Edge "Katy Blue" pattern, early 1930's

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Beehive pattern, 1930's

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Colonial Block pattern, late 1920's - 1930's

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Ribbon pattern, 1930-1932

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., New Century pattern, 1930-35

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Newport "Hairpin" pattern, 1936-1941

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Aurora pattern, 1937-1938 & Anchor Hocking Glass Co., Manhattan pattern, 1939-1941

Indiana Glass Co., Old English "Threading", late 1920's, & Hocking Glass Co., Queen Mary, 1936-1940

Imperial Glass Co., Twisted Optic pattern, 1927-1930

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Starlight pattern, 1938-1940

Paden City or Jeanette Glass Co., Pattern unknown, early 1930's

Federal Glass Co., Colonial Fluted pattern, 1928 - 1933 & Hazel Atlas, Starlight pattern, 1938-1940

Federal Glass Co., Columbia pattern, 1938-1942

MacBeth-Evans Glass Co., American Sweetheart pattern, Monax (translucent white), 1930-1936

MacBeth-Evans Glass Co., Petal Ware pattern, (Monax and Cremax), 1930-1940

Jeanette Glass Co., Floral "Poinsettia" pattern, 1931-1935

Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Moderntone "Wedding Band" pattern, (sugar bowls-platonite green fired on color), 1934-1942
Manufacturer and Pattern unknown, Jadite simplycoolstuff box

Depression Glass is the quintessential Made in the U.S.A. product. It was distributed free, or at low cost, in the U.S. during the time of the Great Depression (1929 through the early 1940's). Food manufacturers like Quaker Oats, put a piece of glassware in their boxes as a Marketing Incentive and movie theaters and other businesses distributed pieces for free. Most of the glassware was made in Central and Midwestern U.S., where access to raw materials made manufacturing inexpensive. More than twenty Companies produced over 100 (!) Patterns in colors ranging from clear, pink, pale blue, green, amber, yellow, jadite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt, red, black and white (milk) glass. In order to focus your efforts, decide which Pattern and Color grabs your fancy and GO FOR IT...The 1960's through the 1970's saw box loads of Depression Glass available at fairly low cost; not so today. Yet despite the relative scarcity of in-tact sets, beautiful items are still affordable and fairly easy to find. HAVE FUN!

The following is a list of Depression Glass Companies, each one containing a myriad of patterns and colors from which to choose from, all affordably priced :

Anchor Hocking (Jade-ite; Fire King) Indiana
Cambridge Jeanette (Jadite)
Diamond Glass-Ware Lancaster
Federal L.E. Smith
Fenton (Jadite; Carnival Glass) Mac-Beth Evans
Fostoria McKee (Jadite)
Fry New Martinsville
Hazel Atlas Paden City
Hocking Glass U.S. Glass
Imperial Glass Westmoreland

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