We received this scan from contributor JeffPyrex the other day. Jeff’s currently working with Pyrex book author Barbara Mauzy on a project detailing the commercial tableware that Corning was responsible for. A chapter on Pyrex restaurant ware will eventually appear in a later edition of Barbara’s book. It will most likely also include a list of the “customized” Pyrex patterns that Corning produced for specific customers, such as Ponderosa Steak House and Hilton Hotels.
This particular scan announces the “new” Corning “Double-Tough” dinnerware which was developed for the food service industry. Supposedly, in lab tests they could drop a piece of double-tough from twice the height as other restaurant ware even though Corning’s wares were 20% lighter than competitive brands. Jeff says that the name “Double Tough” was actually taken from a commercial tumbler line by Corning that had been in production since the 1930s. Very cool to see this early document for restaurant ware!