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Corningware History

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Corningware History

Corningware History

Corningware History

Only Available in Archive Formats.

We talk a little bit about the history of Pyrex glass bakeware. It originated in 1913 when a young scientist at the Corning Glass Works in upstate New York had argued that food would cook better in glass than in metal dishes. He cut the bottom off a glass battery jar and took it home and convinced his wife to bake a cake in it...and that was the beginning of a highly profitable line of bakeware products. Now, 82 years later, Corning Incorporated is selling its consumer housewares business.

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