What is it?
Depression Glass is colorful or clear, machine-pressed
glass made during the 30's and used as premiums in dime
stores (chain emporiums where most things cost originally
5 or 10 cents). On slow nights, movie theaters also
offered it to entice audiences through their doors..
Who used it and why?
Because it was cheap and available, almost everyone
used it. We know of one "restaurant" where
it was used exclusively. The glass is very brittle,
so many odd pieces have not survived.
Why should I want it now?
The colors offered--red,
green, and amber
and clear-- fit somewhere into everyone's color scheme
and are perfect for today's casual dining. Patterns
range from the stylish Art Deco "Manhattan"
to simpler, homey floral designs.
Many individual pieces are available
for under $20. So, depression glass makes a charming,