Available in one mid-1970s catalog, this was the second Merry Mushrooms slow cooker offered. This one was seen in the wild on eBay.
According to The McCoy Pottery Collector's Society, McCoy was sold to Lancaster Colony Corporation in 1974 and quickly changed all the marks but still used the McCoy name. It is exciting to discover the maker, a fact which isn't listed in the catalog. Makes me wonder if Lancaster Colony Corporation didn't pay Sears to have the brand name listed.
Though missing the hot plate, this slow cooker sold for $39.00 plus shipping on July 7, 2020.
None other than the enigmatic Ms. Dana Barrett in the original Ghostbusters (1984) has a 6 quart Merry Mushrooms slow cooker on her kitchen counter! It’s seen as Dana makes dinner and drinks wine, chuckling as she listens to a radio announcer share the exploits of “those guys on tv” on her sweet stereo.
My husband, Nate, and I were watching the movie and I said, "Wait a second" and grabbed the remote. Skipping back, I paused and stood up to get a better look. Nate was confused until I said triumphantly, "There's a Merry Mushrooms slow cooker back there!" Needless to say, her was quite impressed with my vision.
If only my hearing were so keen.
How thrilling was it to see these on eBay! Unfortunately for my bank account, the bidding quickly sent the price well over $200.00 at the time of this writing. In any event, it's a treat to see this complete and well cared-for set of 4 mixing bowls. And to find that they are Anchor Hocking Fire King Brand cook ware. Once again, the brand name wasn't included in the catalog so likely the company didn't pay Sears to have it listed.
Interestingly, these oven-proof glass Fire King bowls appear in the same catalog as the Corning Ware and PYREX Saucepans and Skillets, and Corning Ware and PYREX were named in the catalog.
UPDATE: The set sold for a whopping $267.99 on July 15, 2020!
UPDATE 11/22/2020: Another complete set sold for $185.59 on November 15, 2020.
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