1927 Booklet - Pyrex: Foods Actually Bake Better This Way
According to advertising from the spring of 1927, consumers could send away for a free booklet from Corning Glass Works that promised "sixty delicious easily prepared new recipes" and numerous pictures of the Pyrex product line. The booklet also explains how better results are assured by choosing Pyrex ovenware for baking.
During 1926 Pyrex had been put to rigorous testing at a major cooking school. Experiments showed that it performs better in the oven than metal pans do, and compared to boiling certain foods, more nutrients are retained and flavours are enhanced when they are baked. Additionally, cooking a complete meal in the oven saves energy, and using the same dishes for baking and serving saves time and effort.
Front & back covers: pie plate on the front; loaf pan, French custard cups and utility dish on the back.
Experts from a variety of disciplines recommend Pyrex ovenware.
The booklet does not provide a detailed listing of every available item, but an example of almost every shape is illustrated. Recently discontinued items include round shallow baking dish (135), and oblong baking dish (145). Certain products that are listed in literature from both 1925 and 1929 are not listed for 1927, so it seems that they had been discontinued, but returned in the late 1920s. Refrigerator dishes (662, 663, 592, 593) were advertised frequently during 1924 & 1925, but were not mentioned again until 1929, when they were stated to be a "new" product once more.
Some items returned after this absence with slight changes to their shape or size, most using the same model numbers as before. Up to the mid 1920s, individual oval baking dishes came in four sizes: 400 (9 oz), 401 (10 oz), 402 (12½ oz), 403 (18½ oz). But in 1929 only three sizes were listed, with different capacities: 400 (8 oz), 401 (12 oz), 402 (16 oz). Two mushroom dishes (302 + 652 top; 301 + 655 top) were available in 1925, but the one size (302 + 952 top) shown in 1929 has larger handles and different dimensions. The smallest bean pot (502) held 1 pint in the mid 1920s, but in 1929 the capacity of the new 502 was only 14 oz.
Round casseroles: 021/621, 022/622, 023/623, 024/624.
Deep oval casseroles: 032/632, 033/633, 034/634.
Shallow oval casseroles: 042/642, 043/643, 044/644.
Square casserole: 053/653.
Casseroles were completely re-designed in 1926, and all shapes have handles here, in capacities up to 2 Qt. More casserole sizes would arrive in 1928 & 1929: round 026/626 (3 Qt), oval 041/641 (¾ pt).
Custard cup sizes are: 410 (3 oz, flared), 424 (4 oz, deep), 426 (6 oz, deep). The 410 was a new size, taking the place of the previous flared custard cups, 422 & 423. The 422 (6 oz) was available again from 1929 to the early 1930s.
Round pie plates are: 205, 208, 209, 210, 211. 206 & 207 had been recently discontinued. There were two utility dishes at this time: 231 & 232.
There are three loaf pan sizes: 213 (5"), 212 (9"), 214 (10½"). A 316 oval platter was available in 1927, but the illustration seems to be showing the older 315 instead.
Only the medium-sized au gratin dish (331) and the smallest individual deep pie dish (452) remained at this point, but the larger deep pie dishes (453 & 455) would be re-introduced in 1929. Hexagonal pie plates (200) came in just one size.
Beginning in 1926, pudding dishes were always lidless casseroles, offered in all four shapes and every possible size. The various single-purpose pudding dishes (463 to 467, etc.) were dropped around that time.
A wide-rimmed ramekin is numbered 442. The individually-sized 502 bean pot was temporarily unavailable, but returned in 1929. A larger bean pot is pictured with its original small rounded handles. The 504 & 506 were due to be updated with new handles and a different rim, to match round & oval casseroles. It is not clear exactly when they were changed, but it had certainly occurred by the end of 1929.
During the mid 1920s there had been two size choices each for square & round cake pans and biscuit pans, but only one size in each shape is offered by this time, namely: 221 round, 809 square, 235 biscuit.
An oval covered baking dish is a 110 and a double compartment baking dish is a 130. In tiles & trays, two larger ones could be purchased in the mid 1920s, but only the teapot-sized tile (706) was offered at this time. The percolator tops were called 953, but they are not marked with a number.
Measuring cups had changed since 1925, and this new shape remained until 1934. The previous measuring cup had two spouts. A Household Set contains: 023/623, 209, 210, 231, 212, six 426s, 4 cup Squat teapot, and 706.
A Gift Set contains: 023/623, 231, 209, and six 426s. All pieces in a Pyrexette Set were regular Pyrex products that could be purchased normally, originally intended for preparing and serving individual portions, namely: 164, 213, 452, 205, and two 423s. They are not scaled-down versions designed specifically for this set.
Round & squat teapots came in 2 cup, 4 cup, and 6 cup sizes, and the round shape also included a 1 cup size. When Pyrex teapots debuted in 1922, a tall shape was also offered in three sizes, but they disappeared in the mid 1920s.
Four wide-rimmed tiles designed specifically for 1½ Qt casseroles were new items: round 723, small oval 733, large oval 743, square 753. An aluminum roaster with a Pyrex lid (2000) appeared during late 1926, and a well & tree platter (372) was also a recent introduction.
Only 8 oz baby bottles in two shapes, 48W (wide) and 58N (narrow), were available at this time. There had been ten different bottles to choose from in the early 1920s before most of them were discontinued, but 4 oz bottles in both wide and narrow shapes did return at a later date.
Complete sets of Steuben Glass tableware could be purchased. Each piece is individually crafted rather than machine-made.
Use & care instructions. The advice to use abrasive metal scrubbers for cleaning Pyrex was misguided. Newer use & care instructions specifically advise against this approach since it damages the glass.
Use & care instructions, and the guarantee.
1918 Pyrex Leaflet
1920 Leaflet: Pyrex ... For Gifts
1922 Pyrex Leaflet
1924-1925 Pyrex Booklets: Part One, Part Two
1927 Advertisement: Pyrex $5.15 Set
1929 Pyrex Booklet: Part One, Part Two
1931 Pyrex Booklet: Part One, Part Two
1934 Pyrex Calendar: Part One, Part Two
1937 Advertisement: Pyrex & Flameware
1938 Pyrex Leaflet
1943 Pyrex Order Form
1945 Pyrex Booklet
1946 Advertisement: Clear Pyrex Ware
Clear Pyrex 1915 - 1950: Casseroles, Round, Oval; Baking Pans, Pie Plates
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Compare Pyrex & Flameware Platters
Extra Photos: Clear Pyrex - Older than 1950 (Part 1), (Part 2)
Pyrexette Box and Recipes
Pyrex Model Numbers
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