U.S.A. Pan

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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Date Made: 1976

Maker: Nordic Ware

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0034.25Accession Number: 2007.0034Catalog Number: 2007.0034.25

Object Name: pan

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-556c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1321771

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