|Carnival glass was even made as shades|
for light fixtures. Image by Hannah Manning via
Carnival glass was immensely popular when mechanization allowed for mass production of the product producing lines of dishware often referred to as "Depression Glass" in an array of iridescent colors. Like all things though, carnival glass' 15 minutes of fame came and went, and fell out of popularity in the post WWII world. With warehouses stockpiled with the product thousands of pieces were given for use as prizes at local fairs and carnivals for pennies on the dollar, giving it its name. What started as an attempt to mimic Tiffany, became a fashionable, and accessible good for even the common man. It was so common in fact, that you could win it playing darts.
|The iridescent quality of a Tiffany window,|
vase, or shade was the envy of other glass
manufacturers in the early 1900s. Image by
Hannah Manning via Materials Unlimited