Frisbie Pie Tins

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

  • About

Frisbie pie tins, made by the Frisbie Pie Company, were the inspiration for a popular American flying toy.

William Russell Frisbie launched his career by managing the Bridgeport branch of the Olds Baking Company of New Haven, Connecticut. In 1871 Frisbee purchased the shop and renamed it the Frisbie Pie Company. Frisbie assumed executive and marketing roles, his sister Susan baked, and his wife Marian Rose managed the plant. Although pies were the family specialty, Frisbie also sold a variety of standard baked goods. As time progressed, Frisbie’s fame grew. Pie wagons supplied grocery stores, restaurants, and lunch rooms throughout southern New England. Advertisements published in the Bridgeport Telegram (Connecticut) proclaimed, “Frisbie’s is the favorite pie with thousands.” Pies of two sizes, but no specific flavors, were described as delicious, pure, juicy, and flaky crusted.