About the Cover
Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware. It was produced in a multitude of colors, ranging from the deep colors of purple, black, cobalt, and red to the pastels of pink, yellow, green, amber, and blue which created to bring a bright note into the otherwise drab times of the depression. Most of this glassware was made in the Ohio River Valley of the United States, where access to raw materials and power made manufacturing inexpensive. More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns.
It was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States and Canada around the time of the Great Depression. Much depression glass is uranium glass. The glass was mass produced and appeared relatively crude next to the fine, handmade crystal glass that was expensive to own. The colored glassware was very inexpensive, many times was given away as a premium at movie theaters, gas stations, or stores, or simply for selling a specified number of magazine subscriptions, thus making its way into almost every American home.
Depression glass started one of the largest collecting trends ever, from collectors to nostalgia hunters. Over 100,000 eager collectors now seek this prized glass, whether to complete a handed-down family set of dishes, or to find the highly sought and elusive rare pieces.
Depression glass is becoming more scarce on the open market. Rare pieces may sell for several hundred dollars. Some manufacturers continued to make popular patterns after World War II, or introduced similar patterns, which are also collectible. Popular and expensive patterns and pieces have been reproduced, and reproductions are still being made.
The most popular colors with collectors today are pink in varying hues, cobalt blue and green. Some of the most popular patterns buyers seek today are Cameo, Mayfair, American Sweetheart, Princess and Royal Lace. Even the pattern names alluded to better times and a longing for the glamorous lifestyles of the 1920s.