Why is Certain Collectible Glass Called Depression Glass?


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Depression glass is defined as glass that was primiraly made during the depprsion era of the 1930's ( but also covers glass made late 20's to early 40's). It was very inexpensively made. Many pieces had very rough mold lines or edges; debree can be seen in some; measurements of the same pattern may differ 1/4" to 1/2" in size; etc. It came in colors of green, amber, pink, red, yellow, white and crystal. It was turned out in quanity and often it was used as promotions or inducements to buy other products. Movies would give different pieces out each week of a certain pattern to encourage people to come back the follow weeks to finish getting the complete set. Department stores or 5 & 10 stores, like the old Woolworths, would give away different pieces to get you into their stores. Food products, like old fashion oatmeal, jelly, etc., would enduce people to buy their products so they could get the complete set of a certain pattern. The number of collectors of Depression Glass has escalated, in the past 25-30 years, to millions all over the world. The difference with the current Depression Glass collectors today, from the old Depression Glass collectors, is that they now include the handmade glass and what is called "Elegrant Glass" made back then, when speaking of Depression Glass. Any where you live in the United States, there is probadly a Depression Glass club not far from your area. Or maybe a large Depression Glass show will turn up near. Any who wants more information on this subject and would like to see if they would interested in starting to collect, should check the public library first. There are many areas of collecting Depression Glass that should be looked at first; from kitchenware to Elegant glass. When you pick out what you want to collect, enjoy it.

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