What is Depression Era glass?
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In our country’s history, right before the Great Depression Era, a machine for mass producing glass was invented. It was the greatest improvement in making glass for 400 years and changed the history of glass production forever.
Depression Era glass was the first mass-manufactured machine-made glass. It was made between approximately 1926 and 1939. At least 100 companies were producing this very cheap, "unfinished" glass in great quantities. It was marketed in grocery and "dime" stores. Some of it was given away as promotional items in soap, cereal, flour, etc. or with the purchase of gas or movie tickets. Some was used as prizes at carnivals. Much of the glass made in the Depression Era was available in a rainbow of colors. However, color itself does not denote Depression Era glassware. Manufacturers created a myriad of their own specific patterns and designs.
Glass collectors today also collect "elegant" glassware (quality hand-finished glass) from the same time period, as well as glassware made in the 40’s through the 60’s, and kitchenware.
While many books are available on glassware collecting, joining a club is the best way to learn and see actual pieces of glass. Club collectors are knowledgeable and eager to share their information with newcomers.