Many of these Pyrex advertisements date from the 1940s and 1950s, a time when the perception of the ideal American home included a white picket fence, a husband who brought home the bacon, and a wife who could whip up a tasty casserole on demand. The ads capitalized on this version of the American dream, demonstrating how a kitchen full of Pyrex could help young brides and housewives cook like pros. In today’s American family, where partners are often equal in breadwinning and bread baking, we’d like to think that women and men both appreciate a great casserole set.
1. “Beautiful on the table, practical in the kitchen.”
What more could a bride ask for?
2. “You’ll make them happy ever-after with sparkling gifts like these!”
“Sparkling like her new diamond” – and more handy too.
3. “She’ll have a hungry husband to feed.”
So get her at least two of everything.
4. “Imagine . . . foods are served in the very same dishes used for baking!”
Fewer dirty dishes make for a happier bride.
5. “What could put more pep in a fresh start anywhere than a kitchenful of sparkling modern Pyrex ware?”
We certainly can’t think of anything better.
6. “She’ll serve two packages of frozen foods in it.”
Who needs an oven when you have a freezer and Pyrex?
7. “Good looking, smooth cooking”
And all for a thrifty sale price!
8. She’ll “feel like a magician”
Which is, of course, everyone’s prime goal in life.
9. “She’ll bless you daily.”
The smart man gives all the women in his life Pyrex.
10. Pyrex is “as transparent as the love light in her eyes!”
Because who wouldn’t fall in love with a dish (or a husband) that “washes sparkling clean in a jiffy”?
America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex is on view at The Corning Museum of Glass through March 17, 2016. The exhibit commemorates the history of Pyrex brand housewares, developed by Corning Glass Works in 1915. Central to the story of Pyrex are women, traditionally the keepers of the home, who helped Corning designers and engineers develop the products to appeal to the burgeoning women’s consumer market. Corning Glass Works combined affordable products and attractive designs with strategic marketing to make Pyrex a mainstay in American homes. Pyrex advertisements, ephemera, and glassware from the combined collections of the Library and Museum will reveal the evolution of this modern American tradition.
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