Corelle Profile: Old Town Blue (1972)

Launched late 1972, Old Town Blue is the fifth Livingware pattern.  This design, created by artist Cynthia Gerow, is a version of the centuries-old blue onion pattern associated with Meissen of Germany.  It was the first Corelle pattern to come with hook-handle cups and fully decorated bowls.  Although it is officially stated that Old Town Blue is discontinued, it is still in production and can be purchased at factory outlet stores.

 

Old Town Blue Mugs, Cups & Saucers
Back: Suprema mug, Pyrex 1410 mug.
Front: Centura demi-tasse, Corelle open handle cup; with saucers.

Pyrex Compatibles for Old Town Blue are limited to Tabletop Ware accessories only.  As is typical, these products did not arrive immediately upon the pattern's debut, but became available in 1973.  In this particular pattern, Pyrex accessories in this category were discontinued about 1980, more than two years earlier than Tabletop Ware in other patterns.  Some items were dropped even earlier, see more.

Although matching ovenware & nesting bowls were never made in Old Town Blue, when Homestead was launched in 1976 it was touted as the perfect companion.  Company literature states:  "For an especially warm table setting, Homestead is right at home with Old Town Blue Corelle Livingware."  Homestead was discontinued late 1980 or early 1981.

Willow (1970): 
A gift promotion casserole named Willow from late 1970 & early 1971 also happens to be an adequate match for Old Town Blue.  It is a 473 (1 Qt) casserole with a blue onion style design in two-tone blue on a white background with a patterned opal lid.  A metal trivet was also provided in the set.  Visit the Corning Museum of Glass for a photo of a Willow 473.

 

Homestead and Old Town Blue
Homestead 441, Old Town Blue 10 oz bowl.

Corelle was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1981 and one of the patterns offered was Old Town Blue, but its name was changed to "Windermere".  Corelle was launched in France during 1978 with Old Town Blue and two other pattern choices.  Specifically for that market, demi-tasse sized coffee cups were provided, with a capacity of 100 ml (3½ oz).  Made of Centura, they are comparable to cups from the Expressions product line.  Matching saucers are smaller too, measuring just 5-1/8".

 

Shapes & Sizes:

Vitrelle:
Dinner Plate (10¼")
Luncheon Plate (8½")
Side Plate (6¾")
Saucer (6¼")
Demi-Tasse Saucer (5-1/8")
Open Handle Cup (8 oz)
Open Handle Cream & Sugar
Dessert Bowl (10 oz, 5-3/8")
Soup/Cereal Bowl (18 oz, 6¼")
Flat Rim Soup Plate (8½")
Deep Bowl (12 oz, 5") 
Deep Bowl (28 oz, 6¼")
1 Qt Serving Bowl (8½")
2 Qt Serving Bowl (10¼")
Oval Platter (12½")

Centura:
Centura Demi-Tasse (3½ oz)

Opal Pyrex:
Pyrex Cup (round-bottom, 8 oz)
Pyrex Cream & Sugar (old style - small)
Pyrex Cream & Sugar (new style - large)
1410 Mug (8-9 oz)
Butter Dish - 72
Margarine Dish - 75
Gravy Server - 77
Footed Bowl - 770

Clear Pyrex:
Salt & Pepper (white finish)
Salt & Pepper (clear)
Napkin Rings
Juice Bottle - 1 Qt (no handle, flask shape)
Juice Bottle - 1½ Qt (no handle, flask shape)
Beverage Jug - "1½ Qt" 56 oz (no handle/spout, smooth neck)
Beverage Jug - "2 Qt" 72 oz (no handle/spout, smooth neck)

Suprema:
Suprema Mug (flared, 9 oz)

 

Others:     

Placemats from Conimar Corporation are official Coordinates products.

Manufacturers other than Corning produced their own versions of Old Town Blue.  The majority of these are unofficial products and close comparison with the genuine Corelle pattern will reveal variations in the design.

Gemco produced numerous tabletop accessories in their "Matchables" product line, using the pattern name "Village Blue". 

James Bradley & Assoc. sold glassware and opal pedestal mugs under the "Glassmates" brand.  A variety of glassware was made by Libbey, as well as other manufacturers. 

Termo-Rey opal glass dinnerware was produced by Brasividro.

                   

1976 Corelle brochure, Old Town Blue
Old Town Blue, with cream & sugar set, butter dish, salt & pepper set.  Image from 1976 brochure.
        
         
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Pattern List: Soup Plates 
Plate Styles: Coupe 
Pyrex Pitchers & Beverage Jugs 
Pattern List: Pyrex Compatibles 
What are Pyrex Compatibles?
Compare Old Town Blue & Blue Floral 
Corelle Advertising & Brochures 
Who designed the patterns?
What is Suprema?
What is Centura?
What is Vitrelle?
Isn't this pattern known by a different name?
Didn't you just copy this from a book?

         

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