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Entry from February 22, 2009
Mary Ann Pan (Mary Ann Cake Pan)

Entry in progress—B.P.

The Cook’s Thesaurus - Baking Equipment
Mary Ann pan
Notes: When inverted, cakes made with this pan have a large depression in the middle that can hold fillings.
Substitutes: obsttortenform

FoodReference.com
Mary Ann Pan, Mary Ann Cups
A Mary Ann Pan is a cake pan with a convex bottom. After the cake is baked and turned out, you have a cake with a hollowed out top which may then be filled with fruit, cream, ice cream, etc. Also called Mary Ann Tin.

Mary Ann Cups are a set of nested measuring cups.

I do not know who Mary Ann was, or if they are both named for the same person. I welcome any stories about either of these Mary Anns

19 December 1921, Lowell (MA) Sun, pg. 5, col. 3 ad:
Mary Ann Cake Shell Pans...$1.49
(Chalifoux’s Corner—ed.)

3 May 1922, Davenport (iowa) Democrat and Leader, pg. 7 ad:
Mary Ann Cake Pans,,,$1.50
Made of aluminum—just the pan for shortcake. Family size $1.50—set of 6 individual of banquet size. $3.00 per set.
(J. H. C. Petersen’s Sons Co.—ed.)

15 July 1922, Helena (MT) Independent, pg. 6, col. 6 ad:
Mary Ann’s Cake Shell Pan
Something You Have Been Waiting For
A new cake.
A new way to bake it.
A doen new ways to serve it.
Mary Ann Cake Shell Pan revises all the ways of making a cake—even bakes the bottom of the cake outside the pan—bakes a shell as dainty and tender as a fresh honeycomb—bakes it with depth enough to take in a big satisfying filling of custard, berries, fruit, jelly, preserves, anything very good to eat. Topped offf with whipped cream or marshmallow, how could dessert be more enticing or appetizing? One piece of highly polished aluminum—not a seem or rough spot, washes clean like a china cup; wear forever. See it in our Housekeeping Department.
(Helena Hardware Co.—ed.)

31 March 1929, Davenport (Iowa) Democrat and Leader, pg. 6, col. 6 ad:
New! Mary Ann Cake Pans
75c - $1
Unlike the usual baking pans. The raised center oif the pan produced a deep, open shell into which may be placed delicious fruits, vegetables or creamed fillings. Mary Ann cake pans are made of Neoloy, a new rust resisting metal. Hostess and individual sizes.
(M. L. Parker Company—ed.)

(Trademark)
Word Mark MARY ANN
Goods and Services (EXPIRED) IC 030. US 046. G & S: [MOLASSES-CAKES, BREAD,] CRACKERS, [BISCUIT WAFERS , SUGAR WAFERS, CAKES, AND SNAPS]. FIRST USE: 19000301. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19000301
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 70041868
Filing Date April 23, 1903
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0041868
Registration Date January 12, 1904
Owner (REGISTRANT) NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY CORPORATION NEW JERSEY JERSEY CITY NEW JERSEY
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Renewal 3RD RENEWAL 19740112
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD

(Trademark)
Word Mark MARY ANN’S
Goods and Services (EXPIRED) IC 021. US 013. G & S: BASE-METAL PIE PANS AND CAKE PANS. FIRST USE: 19210901. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19210901
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 71262310
Filing Date February 27, 1928
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0245277
Registration Date August 7, 1928
Owner
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 19680807
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD

(Trademark)
Word Mark MARY ANN’S
Goods and Services (EXPIRED) IC 009. US 026. G & S: DOMESTIC MEASURING CUPS. FIRST USE: 19210901. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19210901
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 71264570
Filing Date April 9, 1928
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0245021
Registration Date August 7, 1928
Owner
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 19680807
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (2) Comments • Sunday, February 22, 2009 • Permalink


Best of my knowledge, they were named for the Mary Ann Manufacturing Company that sold them. Here is a link to a page containing a photo of both the full size and mini size Mary Ann pans, in the boxes they were sold in.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/mary-anns-sponge-cake-shell-pans-1920s-mib.

I have no idea whether “Mary Ann” was a company owner, spouse/daughter of an owner, or simply a made up name.

Posted by Ho Lee Kao  on  01/17  at  01:53 PM

where can I purchase this pan?

Posted by GLENDA LEWIS  on  05/18  at  03:03 PM

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