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Wooden pie safe with colored punched tin on the front doors.
A cherry pie with a cutout “pi” symbol in the center and the numbers of pi around the border.

A Pi Day Tangent: Pie Safes and a Slice of American Decorative Arts History

Robbers are coming—lock up the pies! Mickey Mouse, Homer Simpson, and Yogi Bear have all been known to steal pies.
Wooden pie safe with colored punched tin on the front doors.
Pie Safe, ca. 1830–1860, Unknown Maker (East Tennessee), walnut, tulip poplar, tin, and paint
Wooden pie safe drawer partially open.
Side view of a wooden pie safe featuring a panel of colorfully decorated punched tin.
Wooden pie safe with punched tin doors opened to reveal inner shelves.
The horizontal form of this pie safe is specific to the Eastern Tennessee/Southwestern Virginia area. Pie safes made in Georgia and Alabama tended to be more vertical, simple, and utilitarian.

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