Aside from my main collections, I also have a few keepsakes of interest. One of them is a small group of pink Depression Glass. It started with a pink Pickle Dish produced by the Imperial Glass Corporation of Ohio. It had belonged to my husband’s grandmother.
In my research, I learned a few things about glass itself. Obsidian is natural form of glass. It’s volcanic glass. A second natural form of glass is fulgurite, which occurs when the heat from a lightning strike melts sand. The first glass made is thought to have been around 3500BC in Mesopotamia and Egypt when heated crushed quartz was used to make glazes for ceramic vessels. Blown glass was invented during the 1st Century by glassmakers of Syria.
Depression Glass came about during the Great Depression Era, which began in 1929 with the stock market crash. The economy was devastated for many years. The mainstay of agriculture was then demolished by the drought of the 1930s and the tragedy of the Great Plains Dust Bowl. President Roosevelt’s New Deal helped, but it wasn’t until World War II, with the need for new industry, that the problems caused by the Great Depression were solved.
In order to survive those years, glass companies began to mass produce. They offered lines of “elegant glass” which they marketed through promotions and premiums. You might buy a box of cereal and there would be a dish inside. Or you might win a piece of glassware in a drawing at a movie house. Pink was the most popular color for the Depression Era glass.
I’ve added a few interesting pieces of pink glassware to my small grouping. I found a small slender vase at an antique store that even the cashier fell in love with. Then there was a pull chain for a light fixture that featured pink glass. I don’t remember where I found it. I even have a tiny, glass root beer mug in pink.
My Pickle Dish was made in the Beaded Block pattern and has stippling in the blocks, which some collectors refer to as Frosted Block. Over the years I’ve purchased two more pieces of this lovely glass that Imperial first called Rose Marie and latter just called Rose. I now have a creamer and a Jelly/Jam dish to go with my pink Pickle Dish.