|Close up thanks to Laura's Last Ditch on Etsy. |
I had a listing for them back in the 1980's at
3601 N. Skokie Highway, North Chicago, IL 60064.
I looked them up on the Google map. At first like most companies I figured they weren't making anything but instead just distributing it. Now I am not so sure because a 500,000 square foot warehouse lies at that address. Wow. That was either a ton of distributing (employee lot on the side, visitor lot on the front and trains in the back) or they were pumping out some fresh plastic.
At first I thought that perhaps Ingrid stole Massimo Vignelli's Heller molds, (cups and mugs are very simliar) but in essence, they are a bit different. I suppose we'll never really know. No matter what, there's a lot of them floating around today. I am uncertain if Rubbermaid eventually acquired them, but that was a rumor I heard that I have been unable to prove--and I don't really know when Ingrid folded. I found a lot of references to housewares such as laundry baskets and other plastics but not sure if they sold these directly or produced for another company.
|Original Party Ball Box courtesy of MK Retro on Etsy!|
MK Retro on Etsy has an excellent Example of the original party ball in it's box, new old stock. You can see here how it was sold, and how lovely the colors look. If you aren't familiar with them, the pieces stack inside the plastic ball (which has a carrying strap) just like the photo above!
this set now!