What was this? Residents who grew up in Bridgeport could tell me. It was a pie tin from the old Frisbie bakery what was located on Kossuth Street in Bridgeport's East Side.
Maybe this pie tin was fished out from the nearby Pequonnock River, where alot of pie tins ended up after nearby school kids tossed them around. Playing this game of toss, the kids would yell "Frisbie" so they wouldn't get hit by the spinning pie tin.
What would William Frisbie have thought about this new use for his pie tins? He started his business of baking pies with his family on Kossuth Street in 1871. Maybe it was his sister baking the pies, maybe it was him, maybe it was his wife's recipe. But the pies became famous, and everyone would line up to buy a pie at the bakery.
Residents would also remember buying pies for 5 cents when the crust was broken. The pies were delicious.
The game the children were playing made its way to college campuses and the rest is history. Whamo Corporation made the pie plate idea out of plastic, called it "Frisbee" in 1957, and the pie factory itself closed its doors on Kossuth Street in 1958.
A quick look on Ebay shows Frisbie plates selling from $14.99 to $150.00
If you find Frisbie pie plates in your cupboard, keep your pie plates...they make a great story for your children.