Depression Glass

I find a lot of vintage colored glass on my thrifting adventures. I came across some translucent pale pink glass awhile ago and was told that it was Depression Glass. I started to find similar items and decided to learn more about this beautiful delicate pink glass.

I learned that Depression glass comes in a variety of colors besides pink including pale green, cobalt blue, light blue and pale amber. Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States around the time of the Great Depression (1920s-1940s). Depression Glass was given out as incentives for people to purchase things all over the place including movie theaters, detergent boxes, gas stations, stores, etc. Often the glass was given as a ‘free gift’ with purchase. It was extremely cheap to produce at the time and you could purchase a piece of glass for around 10 cents. Depression glass is now highly collectible and is much more expensive than 10 cents! Keep your eyes out while thrifting and maybe you’ll come across some great finds at affordable prices.


There are over 21 different manufacturers and 100 different styles of Depression glass. Here are some great resources for learning more about the different designs and producers so that you can be a more educated shopper!

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