September 16, 2020

Throwback Thursday

It's time for Throwback Thursday! If you want to play along feel free to use the badge and please link back to Seaside Simplicity to help spread the word. Come join us, the linky will be open until Midnight on Sunday. No rules just fun! 


Who remembers the kitchen from your childhood? Did it look something like one of these? Closest to the one we had is the one in the middle, but the color shown is a little off. Ours was all turquoise, both cabinets and appliances.



My mother cooking in our turquoise kitchen back in the early 60s.



How about these primary Pyrex bowls, do you remember if your mother had a set of them, or maybe your grandmothers? Look at that price - crazy!



I remember my mother being so upset when she broke the green one. I think she must have gotten rid of the rest of the set after that. I remember my grandmother having them too. She always served spaghetti and meatballs when we went over for dinner. It was always, without fail, served in the big yellow bowl. 

I love Pyrex spotting when I watch movies or TV, they use them on sets all the time. My hubby thinks I'm a little weird shouting out Pyrex when I spot one :D

None of the originals from my family survived but I have managed to collect two sets over the years, picking them up one bowl at a time at thrift stores and yard sales. I keep one set for display and use the other set.



Collecting the Pyrex primary bowls led me to collecting other kitchenware from back in those days. I collect the mid century Blue Heaven kitchenware by Royal China shown below (the pink one in between is Pyrex). 



I have collected a set of six vintage pink milk glass Fire King mugs.



I have also collected several McCoy pieces with the pink and turquoise band along with pink and turquoise Melmac and other pink and turquoise kitchen odds and ends. I just think they are fun!


Do you collect anything vintage too? I would love to see or hear about it!

57 comments:

  1. I do not remember that pink Pyrex! I really like it, I have never seen it before! I don't have any of my old Pyrex now, sure wish I did. And don't get me started on Tupperware...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ginny, I have several pieces of the pink and even more rare I have some of the black snowflake pieces too. I started collecting the vintage Tupperware but I sold it along the way, I didn't want a collection that would get out of control!

      Delete
  2. Fun pictures. We moved all the time when I was small, I have vague recollections of old and shabby kitchens. Hugs, Valerie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It would be hard to remember if you moved a lot. It's still fun looking back at how things were. Hugs back at ya :)

      Delete
  3. Hubby's mom had the Pyrex bowls but missing the red one. We still have them. We have lots of Corning Ware too. Years old but still functioning. I really don't collect anything in general. My motto is declutter :)

    betty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I might have an extra red one if you want to complete the set you have. Let me know and I'll check to be sure I still have it. I'm still into decluttering too Betty, if I have anything that isn't useful or I don't really love, out it goes!

      Delete
  4. I have Mom's original primary colored Pyrex bowls and am thrilled. My sister has her original Pyrex square and rectangular yellow, blue and red refrigerator storage containers.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad you have your mom's, that makes it even more special! I have the primary refrigerator set that your sister has too, but again mine was collected from thrift shops. I'm still missing one top for the set. I don't know if I'll ever find that now!

      Delete
  5. Our kitchen wasn't any of those colors. We had dark wood cabinets. I do remember the pyrex though

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember our kitchen having those dark wood cabinets but that wasn't until sometime in the 70s, we had those ugly avocado green appliances too. UGLY!

      Delete
  6. Our kitchen was not anything like those you have shared. And those days, we used firewood to cook. We don't use pyrex.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would love to see the kind of kitchens you had Nancy!

      Delete
  7. Hello,
    The colorful bowls and the Pyrex bring back many memories in my mother's kitchen. I have a few pieces of Pyrex, it is great for casseroles. The last set with the pink and blue is cute. Thanks for hosting. Take care, enjoy your day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eileen, they definitely bring back memories. I'm glad you still have some pieces too. I fell in love with the Blue Heaven pattern, just had to add that to my collection!

      Delete
  8. Oh, my goodness, Martha - my mom still has two of her Pyrex bowls, the red and yellow, and still uses them today! I guess, in time, they will come to me, or I will give one to my daughter and the other to my niece if they want them. No, I don't collect much of anything as I'm not one for too much clutter in the house.
    Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very cool that she still has some. I put mine to good use too. I only collected that second set just in case I break one. I used to collect lots of things but not anymore. I don't like clutter either. These are the only things I collect now and they are very hard to come by so it's not likely to ever become a large collection thankfully!

      Delete
  9. My aunt had the colored pyrex bowls, they had money we had none. mother had a couple of the baking pyres, the pie bowl and the covered clear glass. they were the cheap ones. we were dirt poor and the price shown here for those bowls was way to expensive. daddy's pay was 30 per week back then. i remember all of these though, seeing them at other peoples homes. mother had a yellow kitchen, they painted the metal cabinets and the walls bright yellow. it hurt the eyes, she did that in 1984. when i was a child the walls were just white, everything was white because white was the cheap stuff.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The difference in pay and the cost of things back then is so crazy compared to now. I know when I was little my parents were very poor too. I don't remember knowing that, I just remember some of the crazy stories my mother told me about those days!

      Delete
  10. Enjoyed the read, I do have old corning ware.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had a bunch of that and my mom had Corning Ware too, I donated it all after she passed away. It was the Pyrex I really loved because it brought back so many childhood memories :)

      Delete
  11. They weren't Pyrex, but I still have the mixing bowls given to my parents on their wedding (1938). How curious -- I, too, have a culinary-themed TBT post at the ready; 'was hoping to find a photo of my mother and grandmother in the kitchen to accompany it, but that might not happen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you find the photos and have a photo of their wedding mixing bowls too, I would love to see them!

      Delete
  12. My grandmother had a pink kitchen, right down to the stove, smiles. Oh what happy memories. I collect Corelle/Corning ware. I have the Cornflower Blue set. Since we are such a short drive to Corning, (although its at 25% capacity due to the Covid restrictions) its a fun place to visit. smiles

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My aunt had the full pink kitchen and I always though it was the prettiest thing I had ever seen when I was little. I had a lot of the Corning Ware and my mom had a bunch too but I donated it all after my mom passed away. I love the Pyrex because it brings back childhood memories. Thanks for stopping by today :)

      Delete
  13. I can't claim to have a collection by any means, but I have some a Fire King custard cup, one Cornflower Pyrex casserole dish, and a vintage batter jug. I have some old cut glass vases and several Ball type jars with zinc lids.

    What I remember about my childhood kitchen is how SMALL it was. I don't know HOW my mother cooked in there without getting a severe case of claustrophobia. I don't live too far from my childhood house. I often wonder if the "new" people ever enlarged the kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Our kitchen was tiny too. My parents stayed in that house for 26 years and I think my mom enlarged it 3 different times making it bigger each time. I have a bunch of those Ball jars with the zinc lids too, I love them!

      Delete
  14. My mom had some of the pyrex but not all sizes. I like your game of watching for it in shows!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a common game Pyrex collectors play lol. It always amazes me how often it shows up!

      Delete
  15. I still have a few pieces of pyrex that I got for wedding gifts, and that makes them vintage. They are my favorites and I look for other pieces when I shop the goodwill stores. I still have my original mixing bowl set too. It's seen a lot of use, but somehow I manage not break any of them. Love all the colorful kitchens but ours was quite plain in comparison but I'll never forget the formica topped table with the chrome legs. They don't make them like that anymore.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad you still have them Ma! I don't think we had the formica table with the chrome legs but I remember my grandmother's. It was so pretty, it had multicolored little starbursts all over the table top. I wish it would have stayed in the family after my grandmother passed, I would love to have it now.

      Delete
  16. The house my dad built for us in 1957 had a turquoise wall oven and stove top. The counters were yellowish formica, the sink and refrigerator were white. The cabinets were mahogany, and he custom built them. He was a cabinet maker by trade at the time. It was a wonderful "modern" home for the day. How I wish we could have kept it in the family after our parents died, but alas we couldn't do it. I do have my mother's turquoise pyrex bowls, one large and one small, and a couple of her pyrex pie dishes in bright colors, "salmon" and "chartreuse". I have an avocado green pyrex casserole dish that was a wedding gift 51 years ago, and lots of the white and cornflower blue corning ware casseroles, which were wedding gifts. So I guess they are vintage as am I. LOL. Delightful walk down memory lane. thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I sure wish you would have been able to keep the house in the family Pamela. I'm glad you still have your mom's turquoise bowls, is it the Cinderella set? The Avocado green and the Butterfly Gold were very popular back in the 70s. I got rid of all my Corning ware but it is getting popular now for collectors and prices are rising!

      Delete
  17. I remember the big yellow pyrex in my mom's kitchen, don't recall the other colours. Really takes a person back in time to see those pictures. Vintage fun!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really does. Thanks so much for stopping by today Brenda. Have a great day :)

      Delete
  18. I was born in 1937, so no "fads" yet, in my home kitchen.

    But married, the end of the 50's, I had my kitchen painted PINK, in our first little home. I so, so, so wanted a Pink Kitchen

    And a neighbor, coming over to introduce herself, said; "How could you have a pink kitchen?" Jerk!!!!! But back then, I was a sweet little "mouse" and did not say... What I would say, now!!!!!!!!!!

    No collections, other than all the Gladys Taber books. ~smile~

    😰😱Did Blogger finally do it?????😰😱

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always wanted a pink kitchen too. I'm glad you did what you wanted no matter what anyone said! :)

      Delete
  19. oh dang...I forgot about throwback thursday. must post-it note on my computer for next week.

    I have corningware. The only thing pyrex are my measuring cups. our kitchen when growing up was blue too, but powder blue. Do you go antiquing? I love browsing our antique mall (but way overpriced)...that's a good idea to find stuff like this...yard sales!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No problem Anni, catch you next week for TBT :) I do love to go antiquing but they are always so overpriced. I find the best buys at thrift shops and yard sales. I don't remember the powder blue kitchens but I bet it was pretty!

      Delete
  20. No collections here but everything I have is old by today’s standards. It all does the work needed so that’s my only concern.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, I'm a believer in the old saying "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." I'm also big on secondhand shopping if I do need something. That's one nice thing about collecting the old Pyrex. It's something I really enjoy looking at but I use it too :)

      Delete
  21. Yeah, someone in the family had that yellow bowl. As for the others, I do not recall, so they were probably not used if around.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They were made back in the 50s and 60s so it's likely that the rest of the set just didn't make it through the years. Have a great evening :)

      Delete
  22. I'd kill for a turquoise kitchen. The closest I got was painting my walls a lovely blue -- not dark enough for turq, not light enough for aqua. I know trends go "out" but oh, I love those colors!

    I just finished making something in the big green bowl and a couple nights ago beat my eggs for an omelet in the small blue one! They're great bowls!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would love to have that turquoise kitchen now too or I'd take the pink one as well! I love the two colors together. I'm glad you still have your Pyrex bowls, they really are fantastic and for me bring back so many good childhood memories :)

      Delete
  23. The large yellow pyrex is a family legend.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Hi Martha, Thanks for dropping by my blog. I love all your vintage collectables. I still have my set of Pyrex bowls but mine are just shades of gold with a pattern on them. My oldest granddaughter has her eye on them ( when I'm ready to pass them on).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes, the butterfly gold or harvest gold. Those were from the 70s. I had collected those too at one point but had a friend who remembered them from childhood so I passed them on to her. I know your granddaughter will be thrilled when you are ready to pass them to her and I'm sure she will always treasure them if they are from you :)

      Delete
  25. WOW just WOW - love that picture of your mom in the turquoise kitchen! Ours was avocado green and harvest gold. Mom and grams both had the cornflower blue sets. Mom still has 2 of the bowls!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Tamy! The Harvest Gold and Avocado Green were from the 70s. I had the Cornflower Blue Corning Ware sets and so did my mom, I ditched those once I got a decent collection of Pyrex. Figures, now the Corning Ware is valuable. I still wouldn't want it for myself but I could have sold it all instead of donating it.

      Delete
    2. You'll laugh, but my folks were trendsetters - we had the avocado green and harvest gold in the 60's and they kept it until the 80's! I have ALWAYS hated both colors!

      I never cared for the cornflower blue either and have a set of the pink pyrex for myself. I have coordinating red speckled nested Texas Ware bowls. I also have a nested set f the milk green Fire King that I adore.

      Delete
    3. Wow, I didn't even know those colors were available back in those days. I hated when those colors were popular, some people had that ugly burnt orange back then too.

      Delete
    4. HA HA grams had that burnt orange with a brown GE fridge that was the coolest fridge I ever had, but also the ugliest! The shelves were built on a spindle from one corner and swiveled out so you could get to what was in the back! I wish I had that fridge now, but in a completely neutral color!

      Delete
  26. I'm pretty sure I still have some Pyrex in a cupboard here somewhere. lol

    ReplyDelete
  27. I enjoyed reading your post. I do remember the kitchen from my childhood, but, it didn't look anything like the ones shown above. :) Different country, different implements, different way of cooking.

    I have two Pyrex mixing bowls, both were picked up when others discarded them; one is reddish orange with a design of a few stalks of wheat, the other is a light brown, with a white floral design going around it. I use them all the time.

    I also have some Corningware, too. Had no idea that they were considered collectible! They are just the every day dishes that I use!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Bless, I figured it would be totally different in other countries. I wish I could see how it was for you when you were a child. The Pyrex bowls are highly collectible and the Corning Ware is just starting to hit the collectible level. Just a few years ago you could pick that up for pennies in secondhand stores. Thanks for visiting today :)

      Delete

I always reply to your comments, be sure to check back. Thanks for visiting!