U.S.A. Pan

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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 cake pan in 1976 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the United States. The designers failed to account for the fact that when the cake was removed from the pan, it would appear as a backwards U.S.A. The pan was then marketed as a serving dish before being discontinued.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1976
maker
Nordic Ware
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
aluminum, cast (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 3/4 in x 11 5/8 in x 7 in; 4.445 cm x 29.5275 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
2007.0034.25
accession number
2007.0034
catalog number
2007.0034.25
Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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