Photography

Depression Glass


This was shot in our Studio, augmented with a bit of Dry Ice. What is special is the Depression Glass!

Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low-cost, in the United States around the time of the Great Depression. The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie theaters and businesses would hand out a piece simply for coming in the door.

Most of this glassware was made in the central and mid-west United States, where access to raw materials and power made manufacturing inexpensive in the first half of the twentieth century. More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear (crystal), pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultra marine, jadeite (opaque pale green), despite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass). www.kerstenbeck.com

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One response

  1. Erik, this is an awesome shot! My wife has a huge collection of depression glass tucked away someplace. Now I’m going to dig it out and shoot some myself. You’re an inspiration.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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