Friday, April 27, 2012

Lapcor Meladur Marge Miley Russel Wright

Cattle Dog Modern on Etsy offers these great cups for sale!
I just had to snatch and post this gorgeous picture of Lapcor's Meladur cups and saucers taken by Cattle Dog Modern on Etsy. If you are wondering they are for sale in their Etsy shop. As you may or may not already know, I talk a lot about how this original Russel Wright design (produced by General American Transportation Company) was reproduced years later in Manitowoc, Wisconsin under the Lapcor label (and later very similar but not exact Rainboware in Canada.  All the details can be found on the Meladur page.

A lot of collectors hold out for the original designs which have the Russel Wright signature on them, but I'm not one of them. To me it's all relevant and part of history. If Lapcor was using the same molds, and although they did reproduce some of the original colors, they had a nice soft pastel palette that is definitely worth a place in my collection.

I was sad to read that Marge Miley, whom I had the pleasure of corresponding with and talking to over the years had passed away this February. She was a town historian and had worked for the paper for years in the Manitowoc (WI) Herald Times Reporter.  She helped me greatly in my Russel Wright melmac research when it led me to her town, put me in the paper, and in fact, went above and beyond to solve mysteries for me.  She will be missed. What made me smile was the fact, that she decided to have control of her last words by writing her own obituary as any good journalist would do. 

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