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