Thursday, November 22, 2018

Vintage Porcelain Glove Molds GET Melmac

Vintage Porcelain Glove Mold
Vintage Porcelain Glove Mold looks great with my G.E.T. Melmac plates.

G.E.T. Melamine or GET MELAMINE, what is it? 

I don't just love melmac, I love all things vintage.  I am unleashing a ton of vintage porcelain glove molds in my Etsy shop. I thought it would be fun to show you how this one holds Melmac dishes!  The dishes I have here are from G.E.T. Enterprises. They have been around since the 80's and primarily make restaurant quality melamine dishes that you see in restaurants and buffets.
GET Melmac
Glove mold $48, Plates, from GET Enterprises, an old pattern.
if you are interested in purchasing them contact me. 

Although I distinctly abhor things that are made in China, I have to say, these hold up pretty well and have a great mottled pattern. Perhaps since they are marked NSF food safe they may be better at resisting heavy scratches than the thinner melmac of the 60's and 70's.

get melmac
I really love how they did this spattered the colors together!

G.E.T. is a leader in restaurant and foodservice melmac. I even at one point thought they could have absorbed some of the old retro molds. I'm still trying to find out......

German Glove Molds
I also have German and other molds for sale in my shop.

I wrote a ton of articles and blurbs on the web about vintage porcelain glove molds. I think they are a fun and functional art sculpture for inside the home. Very mid century modern and retro, and a reminder of industrialism.  The ones made in the USA include leading manufacturer (now defunct) General Porcelain of Trenton, NJ.  Although production of molds also occurred in Germany, it seems a lot were actually produced here in the USA.  

General Porcelain Glove Mold from Trenton NJ
These glossy ones made by General Porcelain of Trenton, NJ.

Perhaps the rarest glove molds I stumbled across were those made by the Hall China Factory....back in the day...although to me Hall was primarily well loved for their teapots, I found it odd that these bisque molds were produced. I wonder how many survived? 

Hall Vintage Glove Mold
Only a few left to sell in my shop.

So maybe for those of you who don't want to "scratch up" your prized melmac collection, but you do want to make your kitchen look retro, you should check out where you can obtain some G.E.T. melmac. I know webstaurant store sells them online.  Good luck and happy collecting!

Special Item at RetroChalet on Etsy

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Cindy Fahnestock Schafer

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Plaskon Color Samples

1953 Plaskon Melmac Samples
1953 Plaskon Melmac Samples from my Collection

The colors of the rainbow, are sure to brighten any day. I often think that choosing a color palette or to limit my collection seems unlikely. I am going for the sunny and bright look and have still yet to unpack my melmac from my move from Baltimore to West Virginia. I have downsized my space from a 4 bedroom Victorian style home to a 1 bedroom cabin. It seems unlikely I will ever get room for my melmac unless I build an addition. Also, the heat in the West Virginia summer is not ideal for any plastics collection. I have decided recently to get rid of my Fiesta (urgh, this is great in the microwave, oven, and I make the best casseroles and pies in it) to redoing my kitchen in Italian dinnerware.  I guess after time your tastes change and / or you get tired of the same old same old.

House and Garden colors

These are some plastic discs I acquired in my travels and are plastic Plaskon Melamine samples. If you note they are large discs about 6" around and flat, each labeled with the 1953 color name to them. They came in a box that says "House and Garden" and features the stacking colors you see in my banner.   Ironically many of these colors strike me as basic colors of the rainbow.

Vintage Melmac Samples of Color Meladur
Note the Meladur seems to match in dark green, but not in yellow...

Not all melmac coloration is the same....for instance when I first started collecting I remember assembling a set of pink at the thrift store. I would pick up this pink cup or that pink bowl here and there in my travels. None of the pinks matched and I started to think I was crazy or that someone washed them in the dishwasher a bit much. Unfortunately, some were just a teeny tiny shade or hue off.   I later realized when in Syracuse studying Russel Wright that the plastic designers (and yes there were designers for the major melamine vintage lines) used to make custom colors, so their colors were just a bit off of the competitor. For instance Russel Wright used to add this or change that just to get that special turquoise color.  As you can see from the photo above, some of the Meladur (Lapcor and General American) samples match the 1953 House and Garden colors but some are just a bit off.

rainbow ceramic kitchen set

I suppose you need to look for the rainbow.

Vintage Rainbow Kitchen Set Salt Pepper Shakers Trivet Utensil Holder Toothpick or Creamer 6pc 1970s   $32 here at RetroChalet

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Melmac Dinnerware 1962 Christmas Department Stores

Melmac 1962
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We know the fun melamine of the fifties is never ending, but what about the 1960's? Yes, indeedy, it was still going strong.  Just imagine, living back then and nearing the holidays. Not having Amazon or Ebay , or Etsy to search on, you would have quite possibly enjoyed a coffee or tea and then having opened a Reader's Digest.   

Melmac Starter Plates on Etsy
This look screams 1962*. Set of 5 plates $8 @ RiversideTradingCo on Etsy.

An old marketing book refers me to this:   "The Melmac® Dinnerware spread in the Reader's Digest's 1962 gift insert was a huge success".  This was reported by a gentleman by the name of Ernest K Hunt, who was the Merchandising Manager in the Plastics and Resins Division of American Cyanamid in 1962.  He was indicating that inside brochures are often ripped out and taken (with) by smart shoppers. 

Melmac Patterns from 1962
Melmac Patterns from 1962: Lots of flowers and wheat, thinner styling.

Melmac Patterns from 1962

Melmac Patterns circa 1962

I can only imagine from this, that housewives rushed out to buy (quite possibly for themselves) a new set of superior melmac dishes.  Perhaps they ripped out of the insert and handed it direct to their husband so he would bring home the most perfect gift.   When I see old melamine dinnerware, right away I notice the dishes of the 60's appear in a different color palette and different thickness of the original. Perhaps many manufacturers decided to cut the original bulky designs of the 50's and / or production costs were higher for the materials.  

However, I love the names, and some manufacturers I don't see often: 

  • Golden Glory by Royalon
  • Floating Leaves by Stetson
  • Whispering Pines by Harmony House
  • Sunburst by Lenoxware
  • Rambling Rose by Brookpark
  • Autumn Glory by Newportware
  • Windblown by Kenro
  • Folklore by Oneida
  • Summer Idyll by Miramir
  • Enchantment by Metro
  • Curry by Durawear
  • Dellwood by Prolon
  • Mayan by Texasware
  • Regal Leaves by Mallory

1962 Melmac Insert

An insert from 1962 from a Magazine, to show you some 60's designs.  

According to one magazine, The Department Store Economist  already trained their salesman hard in January 1962 store associates were ready in the beginning of the year for that coming holiday.  They write "Of course you have to have a good display of Melmac quality dinnerware on your shelf...where its beauty will catch a woman's eye as she passes by. (Allow about 2 seconds for those attractive patterns to turn her head ...stop her dead.) "   The book goes on to indicate that you have a 58 second sales pitch including answers to popular questions. 

somerset boontonware huge melmac set fromtheseller
Amazing 60-ish* wheat design by Boonton Molding Company in Somerset Style, find this whole set 41 pcs for $78 at shop FromtheSeller on Etsy.

Note: * The designs  noted with * above are not guaranteed to be 1962, but are reminiscent of the look of 1962 based on ads and brochures available.