Depression glass


: tinted glassware machine-produced during the 1930s

Examples of Depression glass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anchor Hocking Low Sherbet Dish Replacements is teeming with Depression glass, and this pink sherbet dish would make the perfect addition to your china cabinet as decor, table as a candy dish, or cupboards for serving dessert. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 Other terms — Vaseline glass and Depression glass, for example — came later and apply more specifically to lighter yellow glass and glass made during the Great Depression, respectively. Caroline Eubanks, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2022 The décor evokes a diner meets a millennial’s apartment, decked with heirlooms—blond wood, terrazzo counters, open shelves displaying Depression glass and vintage floral china, faux-Victorian wallpaper. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2021 Now a coveted collector's item, Depression glass refers to lightly tinted, molded glassware that was mass-produced throughout the mid-1920s and into the 1940s. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2021

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Word History


Great Depression of 1929 to circa 1939

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Depression glass was in 1971

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“Depression glass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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