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.
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.