Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Have you heard of Depression glass?
Depression glass is the name given to the glass made during the great depression in the United States from the early 1920s through the middle of the 1940s.
It was a very difficult time where people lost their jobs or were forced to take a pay cut. Peeple had to adjust to living with less and making the most of what they had.
This mass-produced molded glassware was of relatively poor quality, often exhibiting air bubbles, heavy mold marks and other flaws in the glass, yet it came in beautiful colors and patterns to suit every taste. It came in variety of colors. The most popular colors are green, amber, blue, pink and yellow, although you can find them in other colors like ivory and cobalt.
Depression glass was mass produce with molds and was of relatively poor quality, since you cod see flaws in the glass like air bubbles and mold marks, but it came in attractive colors and patterns.
The technique they used to mass produce these items had not been used before and it was replaced by other methods afterwards, making this period and these pieces very popular as collectible items.
Since it was a time of great economic difficulty and people would rather buy food than glassware the manufacturers would offer a free gift with purchase or it sometimes a bowl would come in a box of cereal or detergent, sometimes it was given as a gift at the movie theater or the gass station.
I find it facinating that people kept these pieces, that you still can find many of them in good shape but most of all I find them facinating because they have history.
They were produced for a purpose, they fullfilled it, they cheer people in a time of need , they brought beauty to houses where smiles were limited and today they still bring joy and remind us of how we can make it through the tought and not so good times, these pieces are of that.
At my vintage store Klassic you can find two examples of this wonderful glass, I have 4 celery bowls in a fantastic avocado green in pretzel pattern
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