Thursday, April 22, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Shabby Lane Shops has selected our article "Why Do They Call It Depression Glass?" to be included in the inaugural edition of their magazine "Shabby Lane Shops" Mother's Day issue.
These magazines will be available for purchase on our website after May 1st.

Why Do They Call It Depression Glass?

You may not know this, but Depression Glass was actually first manufactured in the mid 1920’s, about four years prior to the start of the Great Depression in 1929. This type of glassware had patterns that were still being produced as late as the 1950’s. The beginning of the Depression Glass era was created by different product manufacture’s looking for a “prize”, if you will, to lure customers to shop at their stores or to buy their products off the shelf. Most people equate Depression Glass with the Quaker Oatmeal company, as they were probably the first to offer these “prizes” in their boxes of Oatmeal. The Quaker Oats company literally saved one glass company from bankruptcy by ordering enough glassware to fill several train car’s during the lean Depression years.
Although Depression Glass is probably most remembered as coming in boxes of soap powder and cereals to boost the sales of their products this glassware was also offered at movie theaters to help lure in patrons during slow periods, gas stations to encourage people to buy their gas and oil products and even some restaurants used this shiny new glassware with the fancy patterns as giveaways to create new customers and keep the loyal patrons coming back. This give away glassware for buying certain products or for patronizing certain business’s was truly a genius idea that worked to keep many company’s in business during otherwise lean times. But the bulk of the Depression Glass was actually “sold” through the numerous “Five and Dime” stores that existed at that time. These precursor’s to the Wal-Mart and Target stores of today were in abundance during this time and used the “cheap” glassware to attract customers and help boost sales as housewives patronized these discount stores for their day to day basic needs. Any pressed glass made between the early 1920’s through the mid 1940’s is considered Depression Glass.

Depression glass was made in a variety of colors. The most popular colors were amber, blue, yellow, green and pink, although there were many pieces made in amethyst, black, cobalt, crystal, cremax, custard, delphite, iridescent, frosted and dark greens, ivory and jadeite.

Start your own collection:
Now that you know a little bit about Depression Glass, why don’t you start a collection of your own? This collection can be added to over the years and will become a family heirloom to pass on to the next generation. Depression Glass pieces also make wonderful gifts for family and friends to proudly display in their homes.
Collecting can be fun, but we warn you, it can be addicting also. Just about everyone you talk to in the Antique business started out collecting pieces for their home. ;-)