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Image: Pyrex advertisement from Ladies' Home Journal, 1946, p. 244. CMGL 139754.

 

 

 

Which Came First?

Thanks for your question! According to Rogove and Steinhauer's book Pyrex by Corning: A Collector's Guide (Antique Publications, 1993):

The application for the PYREX trademark registration was filed on July 10, 1915, and the trademark was registered in the United States on March 13, 1917.

However, Corning Glass Works licensed the use of Pyrex by other companies, which may be where this confusion comes from. Rogove and Steinhauer continue:

McKee Glass Company ... was involved in a license agreement with Corning. In 1921, McKee "introduced" the "Glassbake" name on its own line of such utensils. Later when Corning developed top-of-the-stove glass cookware, McKee was also licensed to make that and introduced a line of 'Range-Tec' cookware..."

According to the book Florences’ Ovenware from the 1920s to the Present: Identification & Value Guide (Paducah, Ky: Collector Books, 2006), McKee introduced "Glasbak Ware" in 1917, then in 1951, it became "Glasbake," by the McKee Division of Thatcher Glass Corporation and was continued until 1961. From 1961 to 1983, it was Glasbake by Jeannette. Fire-King by Anchor-Hocking was first introduced in 1941 and continued until 2000.

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Comments (2)

  1. Interesting that GlasBake only lasted 10 years as I see a ton of it where I live in New England.
    by Jzzy55 on Jul 14, 2018
  2. What about Glasbake USA?
    by Chele on Sep 17, 2018

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