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.
      
When this pattern first appeared it was the first to come with Corelle open handle cups.  They were replaced by Pyrex cups in 1982, which remained until 1986 when Suprema mugs took their place.  Suprema is a type of glass-ceramic.  From 1974 to 1980, Pyrex 1410 mugs were marketed separately as a Compatibles accessory.

 

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, and they did not arrive immediately upon this pattern's debut, but began to appear in 1973.  Pieces in this category include butter dishes, margarine dishes, gravy boats, salt & pepper sets, and napkin rings.  In this pattern, Pyrex accessories were discontinued in 1980, about three years earlier than Tabletop Ware in other patterns.  Two types of juice pitchers & jugs were marketed for short intervals in the mid 1970s.

Although matching ovenware & nesting bowls were never offered in Old Town Blue, when Homestead 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."
     
Marketed during late 1970 & early 1971, the Willow 473 casserole is also decorated with a traditional blue onion design.  It is similar to Old Town Blue, but not identical.  Because it pre-dates this Corelle pattern, the company did not present Willow as a companion for Old Town Blue.

      

Homestead and Old Town Blue
Homestead 441, Old Town Blue 10 oz bowl.
            
Although it is officially stated that Old Town Blue is discontinued, it is still in production and can be purchased at factory outlet stores.  A new adaptation of Old Town Blue arrived in 2014 with True Blue.

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 Boat - 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)

       

Pyrex gravy server set, Old Town Blue
Pyrex gravy boat & under-plate.

      

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.
        
         
Related Articles:

Cup Styles: Open-Handle Cup, 1410 Mug, Pyrex Cup, Suprema Mug
Pattern List: Soup Plates 
Plate Styles: Coupe 
Pyrex Butter Dishes, Margarine Dishes, Gravy Boats 
Pyrex Compatibles Salt & Pepper Sets, Napkin Rings 
Pyrex Pitchers & Beverage Jugs 
Pattern List: Pyrex Compatibles  
Compare Old Town Blue & Blue Floral 
Compare Old Town Blue & True Blue  
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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