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The glass that has become known as carnival glass was produced by several manufacturers in the United States from approximately 1907 into the early 1930s. It is simply glass pressed in a metal mold and while very hot it is worked into many shapes using one of a variety of base glass colors. The piece is then iridized to produce a dramatic effect. Some of it was sturdy enough for home use while much of it was simply used for display to brighten a home. It was very inexpensive compared to the iridescent art glass made by Loetz, Steuben and others. Over the twenty plus years of production it became very popular due to its appearance, low cost, and availability. Late in this production period pressed iridized glass was being distributed to carnivals to be used as game prizes, thus ultimately earning the name “Carnival Glass.” It also has been manufactured in many other countries. Currently collecting, identifying, and studying old carnival glass has become the foundation for numerous carnival glass clubs across many countries.