Through the Depression Era

by Mark Nye
Oct 1985 through Apr 1986

Editor's Note: As many of you already know, Mr. Mark Nye was the guest speaker at this year's Banquet dinner. Mark's talk was so interesting that we requested a copy of it for printing in the N/V. Being the kind person that he is, Mark agreed to send the copy of the notes. This month, the N/V begins publishing this talk. It is too big to be printed all at one time, so it will be printed in part each month until it has all been printed. As an introduction, the reader should know that Mark broke his talk down into years; what was happening in 1930, 1931, 1932, etc., through 1939. I hope each of you enjoy it as much as I did.


Most of the true hard core Adam to Windsor depression glass was made during the late l920s and through the 1930s. Today the term Depression Era Glassware and Depression Glass shows cover a much wider period of time. From the early 1920s through the late 1950s and covers handmade houses as well as machine made mold etched ware.

Color era began in the 1920s and began to fade by 1935 even though many companies continued to make colored glees for years to come.

This talk will be a history of the 1930s, covering our lives and times as well as glass, both Adam to Windsor and the hand made houses.

The 1930s, the Terrible 30s, the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl, the gathering storm clouds of war. But they were not all bad times


Most Adam to Windsor patterns produced prior to 1940.

The Term Depression Era Glassware covers ware made into the 1940s and 1950s, particularly the glass of the handmade houses such as Cambridge Fostoria, and Heisey.

Much DG was discarded after times got better.

DG began appearing in Flea markets during the early 1960s to mid 1960s and by 1969 enough interest in this new collectible had been generated for Hazel Marie Weatherman to publish Colored Glassware of the 1920s and 1930s. 1970 saw publication of HMW's Colored Classware of the Depression Era.

March, 1971 saw the first issue of the Depression Glass Daze published.

1975 saw the first NDGA Convention in Washington DC.

Webmaster's Note: Mark's presentation spanned six issues of the News & Views and the outlines for the ten year span would make this page entirely too big. Therefore, the ten years have each been given their own page, and you can access them from the list below.