Bicentennial Aluminum Tray

Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
Nordic Ware manufactured this aluminum tray in 1976 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the United States. The tray bears an image of two men reaping grain, with their crossed rifles propping up an American flag that reads “76.” Nordic Ware sold a variety of Bicentennial cookware in its “In ‘76” catalog to commemorate and capitalize on the occasion.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Nordic Ware
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 14 1/16 in x 8 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 35.71875 cm x 20.955 cm
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO

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