Depression glass was made in the US from the 1920s until the the early 1940s by a number of manufacturers in many different patterns. The glass is made in a variety of colors which include green, yellow (or gold), pink, red, and blue, and was often given away with the purchase of a food item, like oatmeal. I think most US households have at least one piece of depression glass somewhere.
Some of the major manufacturers of depression glass were the Federal Glass Company, Hocking, Macbeth-Evans, and Jeanette.
I have collected a pink depression glass pattern called American Sweetheart, made by Macbeth Evans since I was a small child. At first I was attracted to the pale pink color, and then the intricacy of the pattern intrigued me. I loved the lacy appearance of the glass; it seemed so elegant to my little girl eyes. Since my parents were antique dealers, and a lot of my time was spent going with them to estate sales and auctions, it was fun to have something that was especially mine to search for. I think it was then that I fell in love with collecting antiques--experiencing the thrill of discovering something from decades past. Unfortunately, my daughter does not like the pretty pink dishes, so I will be offering all of my American Sweetheart pieces soon. In the meantime:
A friend recently had to clean out her mother's home, and she found some pink Mayfair depression glass pieces that I am pleased to offer here on OLA. Pink Mayfair was made from 1931 to 1937 by Hocking, and remains one of the most desirable and collected patterns.
Here is a piece of Patrician "Yellow Spoke" being offered by Spock100:
So, what's your pattern? It's not too late to decide. Depression glass is becoming more valuable with age, and it makes fine, usable heirlooms.
Of course, you can get it all on OLA, the online shopping site for the world.
Until next time, Happy Shopping!