Written By: Carolyn Robinson


I remember, as a young child, my Mom treasured her antique glass.  Her interest was primarily in clear pattern glass and carnival glass.  Perhaps because this type of glass was what she remembered while growing up at my grandma’s house.   Another clear pattern glass that she especially liked had an Iris flower pattern.  She and my Dad would go to house auctions and occasionally antique shops searching for this pattern glass that had an Iris flower.  Through the years, my Mom gathered quite a lot of this Iris flower pattern glass.  My Mom would tell me that this Iris flower pattern glass was depression glass.  I had no idea what she was talking about.  Only, that for some reason, she really liked this clear glass with the Iris flower.  Years later, I did learn that my Mom’s glass pattern was called Iris by Jeannette Glass Company.

After I was married, my Mom and Dad came for a visit.  Searching for something to do, we all piled into the car and went to a local flea market.  What a wonderful site at the market!  There were rows and rows of vendors with the most beautiful glassware I had ever seen.  Pinks, greens, blues, all the colors of the rainbow.  As we  walked around, my Mom convinced me that I should start my own collection of antique glassware.  Collecting antique glassware had given her so much joy, she wanted to share this experience with me.  Where to start and what to buy?  A hard decision, but I finally settled on a beautiful pink color cake plate.  The cake plate was covered with beautiful flowers and in the center was a cluster of cherries.  I later learned that the name for this pattern was Cherry Blossom.  This too was a depression era pattern manufactured by the Jeannette Glass Company.  The same company that had manufactured the Iris pattern my Mom had loved for so many years.

Depression Glass Among Three Generations

Depression Glass Among Three Generations

This was the start of my depression era glassware collecting.  In time, I hope my passion and love of this beautiful glassware will be passed on to my daughters and granddaughters.

Sharing stories and collecting through the generations.  What a great way to discover and learn about the generations of antique glassware.

Ripple Effect

Celebrating with family and friends creates memories that you will treasure forever. Make that time with loved ones special by creating an atmosphere that inspires your guests to enjoy the moment, put away their phones and connect and laugh with others in person. Dress your party table with Vintage Glassware to reflect a time when life was a little simpler, when nightly family dinners took precedence.

Whether you are celebrating a wedding, birthday or baby shower, make a beautiful statement by setting your table with 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s all American Glassware or 1920’s and 30’s Depression Glass. Not only will your home look stunning, your guests will feel so special and your party will be a huge success.

Hazel Ware (Capri)

Hazel Ware “Capri”

Two of my favorite settings to use is Hazel Atlas Company’s Ripple and Hazel Ware Capri. Ripple is an early 1950’s pattern that was perfect for both my wedding shower and my 1st baby shower (girl). By mixing the pink and white dishes with Fire King’s black dot mixing bowls created a retro inspired table that is so me. Hazel Ware Capri, a 1960’s pattern, was used at my second baby shower (boy). The table setting was absolutely breathtaking and our guests commented to the host on how beautiful the shower was.

Luckily for the inner designer in all of us there are numerous patterns, colors and styles of glassware to choose from. One thing I like to do is mix and match the eras and patterns to create a unique table setting that can be changed depending on what party statement I want to make.

By visiting the Sanlando Depression Glass Show, you can start or add to a collection that will show off your individuality. Visit and shop with our dealers Jan. 23 & 24, 2016 to create a table that is all your own.

Hazel Atlas "Ripple" & Fire King "Black Dots" Splash Proof Bowls

Hazel Atlas “Ripple” & Fire King “Black Dots” Splash Proof Bowls

The History of Depression Glass

Machine made, mass produced colored glassware was first introduced to the public in 1925 at the Pittsburgh, PA glass exhibit. Until this time, the majority of glass produced had been in crystal. 

A Variety of Depression Glass Pieces

A Variety of Depression Glass Pieces

Depression Glass, made primarily during the 1930s Depression Era, comes in an array of colors ranging from deep purple, black, cobalt, red, pink, yellow, green, amber and blue. The inexpensive colored glass was crude compared to the handmade crystal glass that was expensive to own. 
Depression Glass was often packed in cereal boxes, flour sacks or given away as gifts at the local movie theaters, gasoline stations and grocery stores. Depression Glass helped bring families together at meal times and added a bright spot of color through that blackest of times.

For many families, getting a set of glassware then was like collecting a set now. It was the first time such glassware was both widely available in large dinner services and inexpensive enough to obtain.

Depression Glass was not always a sought after collectable.  At the end of the Depression Era, families began to pack away the colorful glass they once so enjoyed to purchase china with the money they had saved.  Their Depression Glass stayed packed away, while their newer china graced the tables.  Whenever Depression Glass was offered on the secondary market, most folks turned away and didn’t purchase it.  The glass reminded them of hard times the Depression Era caused and that was part of their life that they wanted to leave behind.

Depression Glass gained back popularity in late 1960s early 1970s.  From then until now, it has been recognized as one of the most popular collectables of the times.

Today, many families continue to collect Depression Glass. Both men and women enjoy spending time together searching for unique pieces and patterns to complement their growing collections. It’s not limited to being a baby boom hobby as younger generations begin to collect and reminisce about how they grew up surrounded by Depression Glass.  

Collecting Depression Glass is very much a family affair.  It’s amazing that the mass produced colored glass that brought families together during the 1930s continues to bring families together today.

Visit the Sanlando Depression Glass Show to start your own unique collection or to learn more about Depression Glass.

Tea Time with Vintage Children’s Dishes

Princess Tea Time with Vintage Children's Dishes

Princess Tea Time with Vintage Children’s Dishes

Vintage children’s dishes are an adorable way to introduce a young collector in your home to depression glass. Jeannette Glass Company, Hazel Atlas Glass Company, McKee Glass Company and Akro Agate manufactured children’s dishes in the 1930’s and early 1940’s to mirror the adult size versions already used daily in American homes.

Not only will a display of children’s dishes brighten your child’s room, nostalgia will take you back to a time when the simpler things in life brought so much joy and laughter to families.  Back before the latest electronic or hottest battery operated toy, children played pretend and dress up tea time with authentic glassware.  Little girls would mimic mommy, setting a table for her dolls and teddy bears with her very own set of dishes, sized just for her.

Depression Glass Children's Dishes Displayed on a Child's Desk

Vintage Children’s Dishes Displayed on a Child’s Desk

A collection of children’s dishes can become a family heirloom for generations to enjoy. Honoring a time in American history when children’s imaginations were at the forefront of playtime.

Visit the Sanlando Depression Glass Show to start your very own collection of children’s dishes or to learn more about them.



Spice Up Your Table with Fire-King

Add a little (or a lot) of flare to your table with the unmistakable heat of Fire-King.  At the Sanlando Depression Glass Show, many dealers will have the popular Fire-King dishes for sale, ready for you to take home.  

Fire-King White 3-Compartment Tab Plate, Jade-ite Restaurant Dinner Plate, 15 oz. Bowl, Coffee Mug, Ransom Cup & Saucer & Butter Dish

Fire-King White 3-Compartment Tab Plate, Jade-ite Restaurant Dinner Plate, 15 oz. Bowl, Coffee Mug, Ransom Cup & Saucer & Butter Dish

Originally produced by Anchor Hocking in the 1940’s, Fire-King became a staple for everyday use among kitchens all across the US. Although Fire-King was generally a promotional item for flour purchases or given away at gas stations, it could also be purchased at both hardware and grocery stores.  

You will not be disappointed with the vast amount of choices you have when selecting Fire-King for your kitchen table or display cabinet. Fire-King is available in a variety of solid colors ranging from Jade-ite (creamy jade color), Rose-ite (creamy pink), Turquoise blue, Azur-ite (light pale blue), White and Ivory. The Fire-King category includes bowls, nesting bowls, dessert bowls, glass beverage containers, casseroles, cups, mugs, plates, serving platters, creamers and vases. Also available are painted designed pieces, (tulips, diamonds, birds and more) that scream vintage and cool.
Creating a collection as unique as you will be a piece of cake. Mix and match colors and painted patterns to compliment your kitchen and a style thats all your own. Next time you set your table, add some fire!
Visit the Sanlando Depression Glass Show the last full weekend in January to build your collection of Fire-King.

Fire-King Jade-ite Bead & Bar Pitcher, Ball Pitcher, Custard, Cup & Jewel Box Ashtray

Fire-King Jade-ite Bead & Bar Pitcher, Ball Pitcher, Custard, Cup & Jewel Box Ashtray

Brides & Elegant Glass go Hand in Hand

December is a magical time full of wonder, love and excitement.  For many couples, December marks the beginning of an engagement.

Then comes the days, weeks and months of planning for your special day.

Elegant Glassware

Elegant Glassware

One of the many items on your to do list is your bridal registry.  One way to create a registry that is as unique as you is adding collectible glassware to your must have list. 

At the Sanlando Depression Glass Show knowledgeable dealers can answer questions and assist you with your selection.  From deciding on items that compliment a china pattern to choosing a complete set of glassware, you will find it here.

The Sanlando Depression Glass Show is always the last full weekend in January.  It is held in the Civic Center located in the historic downtown of Sanford, Florida just 20 minutes from Orlando.