Item Type: Promotional Cinderella Covered Casseroles 470/480 Series
Years Manufactured: 1966
Values: Check below on Ebay for approximate prices
Sizes and ID#s: #471 (1 pint) #472 (1.5 pint) #473 (1 quart) #474 (1.5 quart) #475 (2.5 quart)
Original Box#s: 480-12
We’re going to be referring to this one as the Blue Barcode pyrex promo pattern. This is also commonly known as the “blue stripe” casserole, but we felt that barcode is much more descriptive since there are definitely other pyrex pieces which it might get confused with (in particular the blue striped Restaurant-ware cups and bowls). However, when looking for it on Ebay, you’d most likely want to try “pyrex stripe” or “pyrex bar”
And the pattern certainly DOES look a barcode. It consists of light blue or cyan random-width lines running vertically along the side of the darker blue casserole. Supposedly, these standard sized casseroles were special promotional pieces… however, there were actually quite a few of them released as opposed to most promotional pieces which only had 1 or 2 items. As of this writing, we have seen all of the sizes for both the Bake - Serve - Store 470 Series as well as the Round Covered Casserole 480 Series. The one shown above is a #475 2 1/2 quart Blue Barcode casserole we picked up minus the lid. These usually had clear lids, by the way.
The possible numbers we’ve seen are #471 1 pint, #472 1.5 pint, #473 1 quart, #474 1.5 quart and #475 2.5 quart. Interestingly, some variations on the barcode color pattern have appeared. We’ve seen a really neat #475 2 1/2 quart barcode, but with the barcode in both orange and red lines on a opal white base. Others have noted such color combinations as yellow lines on blue base as well as blue lines on a yellow base. If you have any information about this pattern, especially on whether this was indeed a one time promotional set, please let us know…
Update 10/2008: There was an original box seen with a number of 480-12, that had three round casserole sizes (473-475). Apparently, the name may indeed be “Blue Stripe”. Score one more for unimaginative names by Corning…
The most common colorway of the Barcode is light blue on medium blue, but of course, there are some interesting and more rare color combos, as you can see here. Many thanks to HotforPyrex on Flickr for sharing this photo with us!