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Thank you for contacting us with your request. I am sending a selective bibliography on flat glass which has some specific titles about the history of flat glass. There are also some websites included in the bibliography which might be very helpful in case you want to read more about flat glass and its history.

I am also attaching a bibliography on Depression Glassware. If you wish to obtain copies of any of these items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC); your library can contact us through OCLC or they may mail an Interlibrary Loan form to us. You may request up to five items at a time. We send photocopies of articles and microfiche copies of our books (if they have been microfilmed) through Interlibrary Loan for four weeks use

With regards to the term Pre-Depression glass, we have looked in several places but so far we have been unable to find that term in our reference collection. After consulting with a colleague we think that “pre-depression glass" could be a term used by the antique dealer referring to pressed glass made before the 1920s. In case you are interested, here is a definition of Depression Glass from the Book Glass A to Z by David J. Shotwell: “ Depression glass normally refers to colored glassware of the 1920s and 1930s or colored glassware of the Depression Era, the name being relatively modern. When colored glassware made its appearance on the American market in the late 1920s, it received little recognition from the public as something out of the ordinary. Typically it was sold as inexpensive everyday tableware in the “Five & Dime” stores, Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, etc. It was made in many colors and patters by numerous facilities. Practically all of this ware was made by machine using one of these processes: chipped mold; cut-mold; pressed-mold; acid etched; or mold etched. It can be identified in several ways, including date of manufacture, color, pattern, manufacturer, method of manufacture and kind of glass”

The Corning Museum of Glass does not provide appraisals of glass. However, our curatorial staff may be able to assist you in the identification of your item in you are interested. Our curators can provide identification information about an object, but cannot discuss the value. The Curators may be able to provide you with guidance to help you find library resources that are appropriate for your piece. Send your photograph and a description of the item to:  Curatorial Department Assistant, One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830-2253, and your Inquiry will be directed to the proper curator. Please let us know if we can help you again. Attachment(s) included: Flat Glass Manufacture.doc, Depression Glassware.doc MG

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