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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.

1 comment :

  1. Melamine Crockery is becoming very famous for cooking business along with Bone China crockery because to its durability. We are the Colored Crockery supplier.


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