Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Table Talk

When my mother was growing up, my grandfather owned Mother's Pies which sold fresh pies to local hotesl and restaurants. For birthdays they always had pie, not cake. During WWII, Papou was exempt from service because he was a provider to the Coast Guard and Army bases in their area. When Dorothea was in high school, Papou opened Grandmother's Pies, which sold frozen pies to grocery stores. To this day she claims she can't make a pie because she only knows how to make 10 at a time. I still don't buy it! Mother's Pies closed in the 1960s, and Grandma's Frozen Pies was sold to Table Talk, a large regional baker.This pie plate is from Table Talk, back in the day when people would buy fresh pies in the pan and pay a 10 cent deposit for the plate. Many people never returned the pans, which is why you can easily find them on eBay, or in my father's basement. Table Talk Pies, America's Favorite Pie, is a company based right near me in Worcester, MA. That's pronounced Woo-ster or Woo-stah, NOT War-cess-ster.
For more vintage goodies visit Suzanne @ Colorado Lady, our hostess for Vintage Thingies Thursday. She's sharing an interesting recipe along with her vintage finds.
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31 comments:

Jenny in Maine said...

What an awesome story!! Thanks for sharing. I have eaten my share of Table Talk pies!!! and I have one of these pie plates :)

Hugs!

LV said...

I enjoy hearing other family history stories. Yours was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

~~Carol~~ said...

What a great story Elizabeth! And what great family history too! I wish my family owned a pie company, because I do love me some pie!
I did a post on pie too today! Happy VTT!

Kathi Fly said...

Very interesting! I've never heard of Table Talk pies or returning pie pans. I always learn something new on VTT! Thanks for the post.

Kate Bagley said...

What a great story! I might have to check ebay for one of these!

Postcardy said...

I would rather have pie for my birthday too. I think that kind of pie pan would make a nice collection. I wonder how many companies had personalized pie pans.

Bea said...

Thanks for the great family story, Elizabeth. How many of those pie plates does your dad have in the basement?

Buttercup said...

Growing up in Hartford I've eaten my share of Table Talk, too. They were always a treat for me.

JEWELGIRL said...

Cool family story! I would love a
blueberry homemade Table Talk pie
right now. Pie sounds sooo good!

Sarah said...

I don't know which is better--the patina of a used pie pan or dreaming about what was in the pan...or better yet, eating a yummy pie. Nice family story!!

Anonymous said...

Fun story! In Minnesota, we grew up with "Poppin' Fresh" - a chain restaurant (grill like) that served pies as their specialty (owned by Pillsbury). Kasi never liked cake, so she always had cherry pie from "Poppin' Fresh" for her birthday dessert. Today, the "Poppin' Fresh" name is gone and it's now called "Baker's Square".

Jane said...

I am not familiar with Table Talk pies so I really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your family history.

Leilani said...

That is such a wonderful family story. And the pie pan has my mouth watering for pie!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What a great history! Thanks for sharing!

CC said...

Oooo, I loved the story and the pie pan. How wonderful to know the story behind the pan. Happy VTT....

Ulla said...

Interesting story and a lovely old pie pan. Just this morning I read the recipe of an American Apple Pie in the newspaper, I think I need to try to bake one for the weekend.

marian said...

how interesting!.. btw i'd love one those pie plates lol!!

Coloradolady said...

I don't think I have seen pie plates like this one, the history was really fun to read about. Now...a cherry pie would be great!! Have a great weekend and a Happy VTT!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a neat story. I remember there used to be a place here locally called Dolly's Pies, and they did the same thing with their tins. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

~Kristen~ said...

To this day, Table Talk pies are my Dad's favorite!!! He loooves the little individual apple pies!!!

I didn't know you are Greek!!! As soon as I saw "Papou" I was like, woohoo! I am 100% Greek!!! My parents are now YiaYia and Papou to my little nephew!!!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

What a history your family has. Thanks for sharing a great story.
Living it up Lakewood,
Cindy

Nellyn said...

How cool! I love to read about family stories.

I wish I had neat family background that that!!

Do you have any of the pie plates? That would be a cool thing to keep in the family! Pass down to kids, etc.!


Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Carla said...

Well I had no idea! This is too cool:)

racheld said...

What a lovely bit of family history! I have no such claims, just a long line of pie-makers who turned them out two, four, or six-at-a-time.

And I still don't have the "hand" for a good crust.

Candace said...

Great story, Elizabeth and how neat that your father's basement is still full of them! Thanks also for the pronunciation lesson!
Cheers!

Roslyn said...

Next time I visit MA I will be checking the second hand stores for one of those pie plates just because of your story, Elizabeth! Too bad you couldn't convince Grandma to make a few-ten pies, ok, you could freeze the rest!

Roslyn said...

Next time I visit MA I will be checking the second hand stores for one of those pie plates just because of your story, Elizabeth! Too bad you couldn't convince Grandma to make a few-ten pies, ok, you could freeze the rest!

Becky said...

Great story Elizabeth! I have a few pie pans like that myself!

I really, really love your pronunciation guide too. Made me giggle :)

boliyou said...

I didn't realize Table Talk was so close! I used to pack their mini pies for my kids' lunches sometimes.

thanks for commenting on my pink Saturday post, and the invitation to be listed as a New England blogger. Please count me in!

Patty said...

That is so cool that you have one of the pie tins!

Lisa said...

Love the plate.