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Image: Candy Jar with Lid. Federal Glass Company. 1935-1939. The Corning Museum of Glass, Gift of Donald S. Hall. 80.4.25.


The definition from the Glass Dictionary, a part of All About Glass on The Corning Museum of Glass website reads: 

Inexpensive, machine-pressed American glassware made between about 1920 and 1950.


Depression glass comes in many colors and patterns, but they share many of these characteristics. Depression glass...

  • was produced in multiple colors although pink, green, and yellow were popular.
  • was inexpensive when originally purchased. 
  • was mass produced.
  • was often given away at events or by businesses as a gift, incentive, or prize.
  • often has imperfections such as rough edges or prominent seams, 
  • often imitates more expensive handmade etched or cut crystal. 

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