|These buttons offered by HarvestQueenVintage, are possibly made by |
Pacific Molded Products Co., 905 E. 59th St.
|Miramar Melmac Backstamp of hard to find mixing bowl by designs4justice|
I've only been able to find snippets of Miramar pottery, of Los Angeles, California, mostly making pottery items circa early 1950's (most sources report 1952 ) and closing in the 1970s, (1978) having been located by the 710-10 exchange. Evidence of melmac from this company also exists. At first I thought perhaps the melmac was made by another molder and shipped in, but after PaleBear took the below photo, which peaked my curiosity, I did some more research. I can say that I believe that melmac was made here at least until 1960's, although the pottery and sales offices may have lasted longer.
|Courtesy of PaleBear, who says this is located off the 710 Freeway note the large equipment , towers, and fans on the building make me thing molder was happening there.|
|A more recent photo by Cupcakes and RollerSkates explains that this was taken south of the Ramona exit, much closer to the 710-10 interchange. I was determined to find this sign and I did.|
|A rare ceramic "Miramar Melmac" Store display here proves this company sold both!|
|After sleuthing, the factory at 500 N. Ford Boulevard now belongs to LaFortaleza wholesaler of Mexican food. If you see here there is a large lot, a huge barn like silver structure, and what can be seen of the original sign and towers in the factory part of the building, towards the top left. The place, if it was originally like this in the 70's would have been large enough to mold plastics and pottery out of. The building is large enough to house offices, factory, and products.|
|Miramar Melmac Sign!|
You can zoom around yourself (go to street view) and see it here: THANK YOU GOOGLE MAPS
|Backstamp of Laguna Plates offered by Old Suprises.|
|These lovelies by Tag Sale Finds.|
|Laguna melmac was warranteed 3 years from breakage or defects. As of the late 60's it was still using the North Ford Addy!|
|Look for the Doritos sign, and you will see the melmac sign peeking from above!|
CONFUSION: MIRAMAR BY WEBER PLASTICS
However, the real confusion in tracking this line's history stems from a line called "Miramar" that clearly states it was molded by Weber Plastics, of L.A., California with a different cursive style backstamp.
|Oddly, it appears there were two different Miramar's!!! This creamer, $3 at HeleneFever of Seattle.|
|18 piece Miramar Set (with huge serving bowl) by ReFindery|
Even more confusing, in the once huge world of plastics molders, I found that Consolidated Molded Products (CMP) of Scranton PA, is somehow linked to CMP of California, and by the late 1960s had ties to Northern and the demise of Russel Wright plastics. Perhaps it's easiest just to summerize that by the 1960's only a few melmac molders had survived, clearly giving them free reign on buying up all the machinery and molds that were left merging what was once thousands of tiny smaller molding companies into just a few, left standing.
Do you have information on what was happening there in Cali-forn-i-a ? If you have information on Miramar melamine or Weber Plastics, please email me!