What Is Red Depression Glass?


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Depression glass was inexpensive, mass-produced glassware manufactured in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s as clear glass and in a variety of colors, including red. Red depression glass was produced in smaller quantities and is highly valued by collectors.

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Although the glass was of low quality and flawed due to mold inconsistencies, with the economy reaching an all-time low, depression glass items were often used as incentives when marketing a company's products. For example, small glasses or plates came in cereal boxes, and gas stations awarded them as gifts for a fill-up. Depression glass was offered as a premium item to trade for stamps or proofs of purchase. It was also available at dime stores, such as Woolworth's.

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