Images: 100 Years of Pyrex Through 150 Designs

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Pyrex 2½-Quart Covered Casserole, “Spirograph”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1969-1970.

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Pyrex Cinderella Mixing Bowl Set, “Horizon Blue”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1969-1971. Pyrex Covered Casserole Set, “Horizon Blue”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1969-1971. Pyrex 1½-Quart Divided Covered Casserole, “Horizon Blue”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1969-1971.

The cookware giant Pyrex was originally developed and introduced by Corning Glass in 1915. To commemorate the 100 year anniversary, the Corning Museum of Glass presents America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex. On view is the first pie plate, military mess ware (which evolved into opal Pyrex after WWII), the famous stackable measuring cups as well as ephemera and advertisements from the company’s marketing campaigns.

Listen to Evan Kleiman and Tina Oldknow, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, discuss how an industrial glassware company revolutionized American cooking. See photos of the works in the exhibition below and the advertisements that sold them to millions of housewives over the decades. Plus, you can search for your favorite Pyrex patterns and share your favorite Pyrex recipes here.

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“When it’s Pyrex Ware you can see it’s clean”, Corning Glass Works, Published in Country Gentleman, 1948. | “Mother’s Day gifts . . . for June brides, too!”, Corning Glass Works, Published in Ladies’ Home Journal, 1956.
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Engraved Pyrex Pie Plate, made by Corning Glass Works, Corning, New York, 1936.
Pyrex Bowl from “Hot ’n’ Cold” Chip and Dip Set, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania,  1950–1969.
Pyrex Bowl from “Hot ’n’ Cold” Chip and Dip Set, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1950–1969.
Pyrex 1½-Quart Covered Casserole, “Mod Kitchen”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1958.
Pyrex 1½-Quart Covered Casserole, “Mod Kitchen”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1958.
Pyrex Refrigerator Dishes, “Primary Color”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1947–1960.
Pyrex Refrigerator Dishes, “Primary Color”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1947–1960.
Pyrex 2½-Liter Covered Casserole with Carrier, “Dynasty” from the “Designer Collection”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1978.
Pyrex 2½-Liter Covered Casserole with Carrier, “Dynasty” from the “Designer Collection”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1978.
Pyrex 2½-Quart Covered Casserole, “Spirograph”, made by Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 1969-1970.
“Next: Horizon Blue Pyrex Ware”, Corning Glass Works, Published in McCall’s, October 1969.
“Next: Horizon Blue Pyrex Ware”, Corning Glass Works, Published in McCall’s, October 1969.

All images courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass.