Depression Glass show celebrates 33rd year

When visitors to this weekend's Depression Glass show enter Cessna Activity Center, one of the first things they'll see is an exhibit of about 90 pitchers in every color, shape and size available.

They belong in the personal collection of Fred Ray, who has managed the show the past 32 years and says it is the oldest Depression Glass show in the United States.Among the pitchers is a so-called "parrot" pitcher, a green vessel that could probably fetch about $5,000 if sold, Ray said.About 22 vendors from a six-state region will be at the two-day show selling and showing all types of Depression glass, which was made primarily in the late '20s and '30s as glass-makers acquired the knowledge to produce it cheaply in mass quantities."They poured out millions of pieces, primarily in pink, green, yellow and clear," Ray said. "These were things that were given away back in the 1930s if you bought more than five gallons of gas, or if you bought oatmeal or flour. It was a great premium."

Also on display will be a collection of Cambridge swan punch bowls in various sizes, Ray said.

Hours of the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cessna Activity Center, 2744 George Washington Blvd. Admission is $2, good for both days.

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