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August 27, 2013

What's in the attic: A little at a time

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The 1940’s came and with them a re-energized economy. Manufacturing boomed in the war years and the American housewife boxed up her Depression Glass in favor of bright colored table settings of Fiesta and Harlequin. The colored glassware, that had once been such an important part of Americana, would spend the next three decades in the back of the closet collecting dust.

All of that changed in 1969 when a Springfield, Missouri housewife, Hazel Weatherman, released her book “ A Guidebook to Colored Glassware of the 1920’s and 1930’s”. Traveling to the glass factories that had produced the wares, Weatherman spent endless hours pouring through old records, catalogs and archives, and interviewing workers who had been with the factories during the years of the Depression. As a result of her tireless efforts, she uncovered names of many of the original patterns and their factories of origin.

Her passion was contagious and by the early 1970’s the, all but forgotten, glassware of the Great Depression was established as a legitimate collectible. During her lifetime she would write several more books. Two of them, “Colored Glassware of the Depression Era” and “Colored Glassware of the Depression Era,” Book 2, continue to be a “must have’” for Depression-era glassware enthusiasts.

Hazel Marie Weatherman, passed away in 1997, but her love of the colored glass of mid-20th century America continues today with dozens of collectors clubs worldwide. The Hoosier Depression Glass and Pottery Club , now in it’s 30th year, offers an excellent opportunity to view rare Depression Glassware and share your passion for collecting with others. Visitors are always welcome at their meeting, held monthly at the Warren Township Library 9201 E 21st Street on the east side of Indianapolis, or follow them on Facebook for a full schedule of their events. Until next time............Linda

Linda Hamer Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the liquidation of estates and may be reached for question or comment at 317-429-7887 or lkennett@indy.rr.com

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