1934-1935 Pyrex Ovenware Menu Calendar (Part 1)
From April to November 1934, Pyrex advertisements invited consumers to send away for a free calendar filled with menu suggestions and recipes for complete meals. Each Meal of the Month can be prepared almost entirely in the oven, and for foods that are typically cooked on the stovetop, methods for baking them in Pyrex are provided.
(Photo: April 1935 in its entirety. Each month, a number of different meal suggestions are printed on the calendar grid, but without recipes.)
The advice presented in the calendar emphasizes that Pyrex can efficiently fulfill any baking, serving and storing requirement that arises in the modern kitchen. One or two products are featured each month, highlighting their versatility and also listing sizes and retail prices. Comprehensive use & care instructions are also included.
This particular version of the calendar begins with October 1934 and ends at September 1935. At least one other version of the calendar was printed, spanning a different twelve month period through 1934 & 1935, but the content is mainly the same.
The following images are selected extracts from the calendar which have been altered to fit the width of this page. Text and pictures that are most relevant to Pyrex products are the focus rather than the calendar grid or specific recipes.
Benefits of using Pyrex.
A summary of Pyrex sizes and shapes, covering the entire product line.
Recommendations on casserole sizes, and the replacement policy.
Round casseroles with flat-top utility lids are: 023/683 (1½ Qt), 024/684 (2 Qt), 026/686 (3 Qt). A 682 lid fitting an 022 (1 Qt) was added during 1934 or 1935. The first utility lid to be introduced was 683, in 1931.
Round utility lid used for baking and serving.
In addition to being an extra baking dish, utility lids were originally designed to function as a tile on which the hot casserole could be placed. The top of the lid is contoured to securely fit the bottom of the casserole. This feature only seems to be present on 683 lids produced in the 1930s.
In December 1933 & 1934, Pyrex advertisements suggested homemade fruit cakes baked in covered casseroles as original and personal Christmas gifts. From 1935 to 1939 Christmas shoppers could order a casserole containing a ready-made fruit cake from hardware, department and grocery stores, and certain bakeries carried them too.
Covered casseroles and cake freshness.
Custard Cups. Deep custard cups were available too, but they are not pictured in the calendar.
A metal rack makes a set of custard cups more manageable in the oven. It was designed for 414 (4 oz) cups.
The text is not precise about which shapes & sizes of custard cups were manufactured in 1934. The choices probably include: 414 (4 oz, flared), 416 (6 oz, flared), 425 (5 oz, deep), 426 (6 oz, deep).
Introduced in 1929, a Baked Apple Dish (435) seems like a custard cup, but it is much larger. Its diameter is 5", and the capacity is about 13 oz.
Plain platters are 312 & 316, and a well & tree platter is a 372. A 312 is 12" long, and a 316 & 372 are the same size, but it is unclear exactly how long they are. At various times their length was stated to be either 16" or 15-5/8" or 15".
Typical sizes for rectangular utility dishes are: 231 (1 Qt, 10½") and 232 (2 Qt, 12½"). The smallest size on the list is a 230-592 (3 cups, 9"), which is really a shallow rectangular refrigerator dish without its lid.
Square cake pan, 809 (9", 1½" deep). A round 221 (9", 1¼" deep) cake pan and a rectangular 235 (11 x 8½") biscuit pan were also available. The latter was discontinued about 1937.
Also see: Part Two.
1918 Pyrex Leaflet
1920 Leaflet: Pyrex ... For Gifts
1922 Pyrex Leaflet
1924-1925 Pyrex Booklets: Part One, Part Two
1927 Pyrex Booklet
1927 Advertisement: Pyrex $5.15 Set
1929 Pyrex Booklet: Part One, Part Two
1931 Pyrex Booklet: 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
Extra Photos: Clear Pyrex - Older than 1950 (Part 1), (Part 2)
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