Pyrex: Vintage Dishes or Crack Cocaine Tool?

I collect vintage Pyrex, and am part of a blog collective and Flickr groups devoted to the gorgeous midcentury kitchenware. In browsing Instagram for #pyrex, I noticed that while there were plenty of pretty vintage housewares in bold colors, there was also a lot of drugs.

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  1. One of my fellow Pyrex Collective members noticed some Pyrex-themed fashion on Kanye West and wondered what was going on:
  2. Apparently Kanye's creative director is behind the Pyrex Vision line, which is hella expensive:
  3. Pyrex has become a catchphrase in the rap industry because of its connection to making crack cocaine:
  4. Urban Dictionary's first definition for Pyrex is related to its use in making crack cocaine:
  5. While lots of photos on Instagram tagged with #pyrex look like this:
  6. I love these stackable #pyrex bowls! 馃嵉
    I love these stackable #pyrex bowls! 馃嵉
  7. some of my new kitchen things from the big sale at the antique mall this weekend!
    some of my new kitchen things from the big sale at the antique mall this weekend!
  8. Some pretty 043s all in a row. #pyrex #pyrexlove #vintage #snowflake #pinkdaisy #bluebird #vintagekitchen
    Some pretty 043s all in a row. #pyrex #pyrexlove #vintage #snowflake #pinkdaisy #bluebird #vintagekitchen
  9. Today's DI finds! I could not believe it..i normally find 1 bowl if any and it was only $9.50!!! #pyrex #pyrexlove #pyrexia #vintage #vintagepyrex
    Today's DI finds! I could not believe it..i normally find 1 bowl if any and it was only $9.50!!! #pyrex #pyrexlove #pyrexia #vintage #vintagepyrex
  10. #vintage #pyrex, every girl's dream. Well...mine at least.
    #vintage #pyrex, every girl's dream. Well...mine at least.
  11. Then there are all the other #pyrex photos, including people actually showing off their weed stashes:
  12. Youth always wins. #pyrex #pyrexvision #youth #trill #23
    Youth always wins. #pyrex #pyrexvision #youth #trill #23
  13. #Pyrex stirs make #Cavali furs #PyrexVision #BeenTrill
    #Pyrex stirs make #Cavali furs #PyrexVision #BeenTrill
  14. Whip Game Proper lol #Pyrex #WorkFlow
    Whip Game Proper lol #Pyrex #WorkFlow
  15. #Wake #n #Bake 馃槡馃挩 #no #school #sleep #in 馃挙 #christmas #vacations 馃巺馃巹 #wake #up #and #smoke #weed 馃崄馃崈 #high #day 鈽 #Sexion #Dassaut #Wati #By #Night 馃幍 #me #grinder #pyrex #cannabis #lighter馃敟 #cut #window #pis #toute
    #Wake #n #Bake 馃槡馃挩 #no #school #sleep #in 馃挙 #christmas #vacations 馃巺馃巹 #wake #up #and #smoke #weed 馃崄馃崈 #high #day 鈽 #Sexion #Dassaut #Wati #By #Night 馃幍 #me #grinder #pyrex #cannabis #lighter馃敟 #cut #window #pis #toute
  16. Shoutout to my bro @givenchydonc and @rsvpgallery for the love #pyrex #rsvpgallery @kristennoelgipson
    Shoutout to my bro @givenchydonc and @rsvpgallery for the love #pyrex #rsvpgallery @kristennoelgipson
  17. #weed #weedporn #weedrecognizeweed #weedstagram #pot #pothead #ganja #ganjafriends #bong #pyrex #high #highlife #hit #hightime #hightimes #highsociety #sativa #indica #instaweed #stoned #stoner
    #weed #weedporn #weedrecognizeweed #weedstagram #pot #pothead #ganja #ganjafriends #bong #pyrex #high #highlife #hit #hightime #hightimes #highsociety #sativa #indica #instaweed #stoned #stoner
  18. ~A friend with weed, is a friend indeed~ #lol #notafriend #mysisterr #bowl #ogkush #hyfr #bowl #smerk #420 #blazin #fatnug #dankweed #greens  #pyrex #cleanpiece #freshbuds #legalizebitch #gramsongramsongrams #wannahit #itsmyhit
    ~A friend with weed, is a friend indeed~ #lol #notafriend #mysisterr #bowl #ogkush #hyfr #bowl #smerk #420 #blazin #fatnug #dankweed #greens #pyrex #cleanpiece #freshbuds #legalizebitch #gramsongramsongrams #wannahit #itsmyhit
  19. #boro #pyrex #clean #glass #art #oil #hash #dab #dome #reclaim
    #boro #pyrex #clean #glass #art #oil #hash #dab #dome #reclaim
  20. And Pyrex remains a contentious topic on Twitter:

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