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1970 promos included these Daisy oval casseroles paired with wicker baskets as gift sets. Always great to find promos including their original accessories. Always a laugh to find the price tag showing what the seller paid still attached, in this case under the dish inside the basket.

Another example of how sometimes the screens for the application of decoration were reversed or inverted. The phenomenon is observed in patterns whose decorations were somewhat abstract, like Gooseberry and the Woodland seen here. Certain turquoise on opal Butterprint bowls in the 400 and 440 series have the farm couple reversed. The most unusual reverse, however, is a Butterprint butter dish cover on which the farm couple is reversed but the rest of the asymmetrical decoration is not.

Woodland refrigerator sets are often hard to complete because they existed for such a short time. Although the pattern was marketed 1978-1983, refrigerator sets were discontinued mid-1981. Finally found the 503 to complete the set today for $10 at the same place I found the Earthtones 933 lasagna pan. Gathering the pieces together for the photo, I realized I had accumulated three 502s and four 501s in the interim.

This clipping from the 1971 dealer catalog likely does much to explain where the name "Brown", seen on cartons, came from as relates to the Earthtones bakeware set. Even though this was the first year that catalogs illustrated each pattern's array of shapes this way, it's clear the capability existed to show reasonably accurate shades of color. Perhaps this set was "reimagined" before it actually came to market. Note that 8 is the same pattern number as that of the Americana bowls.

933 oblong baking dish aka lasagna pan from the Earthtones/Brown bakeware set. Pyrex picking trips have been far fewer than usual this past year and some months. I spotted this one on an antique store's facebook page over a year ago. The owner regularly takes store photos, and it never moved in all that time. Must be dinged up or priced too high, I figured. Amazingly, other than a little cooking residue on the tops of the handles, it's mint, not a scratch. And I got a $5 discount.

All four Compatibles cream and sugar sets, available 1972 to 1975. I was lucky enough to obtain all of them including the often-missing sugar bowl covers, and the Snowflake Blue set in its original box. These are known as the "small" sets, and were only available in these four patterns. Creamers in many other patterns were made as restaurant ware, as were the bouillon/custard cups whose shape was borrowed for these sugar bowls. The "large" sets that followed in 1981 were available in a far wider array of patterns to match over a dozen Corelle patterns.

Two Butterfly Gold butter dishes. Notice a difference? Collectors have discerned it long enough to call them "light" and "dark". The original Butterfly Gold pattern debuted in 1972. In 1979, it was redesigned with a different pattern and color scheme. Although butter dishes were not included in the redesign, we often fail to consider they continued to be marketed through the end of 1983, an additional five years. The new design color palette included colors both lighter and darker than the original '72 pattern's gold. Let me be the first to say I prefer certainty over speculation, but I think I may have a plausible explanation for the difference in these two butter dishes. It would make sense that, after the pattern was redesigned, Corning would not continue to stock the original shade of paint just to decorate what catalogs reveal would have been less than a handful of tabletop ware items. It would make more sense to use a shade they already had plenty of on hand. The lighter, yellow shade of BFG '79 would have been so low in contrast as to be noticeable; the darker shade, not used as decoration on plain opal, would likely not have raised any eyebrows. As I said, just a theory on my part, so please don't repeat as fact. Thanks to FB user Jo A. for the photo.