About five months ago, I dove into the history of microwave cooking and how Sears cashed in on the emerging household technology by offering eleven dishes with the Merry Mushrooms decal. Check it out if you'd like. At the time, I hadn't seen proof that these existed.
Low and behold, back in April 2021 someone posted on The Real Merry Mushroom Collector's Facebook page that they had found the muffin pan and baking ring (Bundt pan) for a steal. How lucky! Then, THIS was listed on eBay in mid-May 2021.
I asked my husband how much he thinks it would sell for. He bid $150 and I said $175. We were both wrong. Wow! It would be wonderful to be the one to win but, alas, it's just not in the budget.
In any event, this lot included the muffin pan, baking ring, and the cake pan. It's great to see the tiny single mushroom with greenery decal on the top of the muffin pan, and the larger five mushroom plus greenery version on the side of the other two pans.
Does baking in the microwave really work? Anyone try it?
This Corning Ware 4-cup measuring/mixing bowl has an identical five mushroom decal as the Corning Ware skillets, but is it authentic?
These wall pockets show up from time to time, but I haven't been able to nab one yet. From the photos, it has the vertical grooves in the body and in the mushroom steams, and detailing in the greenery. The yellow-orange of the handle matches the color of the handles of the embossed ceramic mugs. The two smaller mushrooms are colored appropriately but the large mushroom is too dark, too orange, though it does have the touch of red along the edge of the cap.
What do you think? Do you have the missing piece of the puzzle? Let me know!
Merry Mushrooms were the brainchild of Jack Buchanan, the Sears Housewares Buyer in the 1970s. In 2013, Jack published a LifeBio booklet, Sears, A True Fairy Tale, about the creation, rise, fall, and rediscovery of Merry Mushrooms. Copies of the booklet are often available on eBay, usually listed as "Sears Merry Mushroom Storybook" and sold by Jack's son, John.
In 2014, Jack himself presented his story at what appears to a LifeBio program at a local library. He was accompanied by some Merry Mushrooms canisters and miniatures. Jack is in now his nineties and still loves talking about Merry Mushrooms!
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