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Popular Melmac Manufacturers and Cleaning Tips

Here is a list of some of the most popular collected melmac dinnerware manufacturers and my top read posts. Most of these lines are top collected because they were popular in the 50's therefore many pieces and possibilities are still floating around to grab for your collection!

Boonton's Boontonware
Made in Boonton, New Jersey, East Coast
Commercial lines still being produced today? 
Made since 1946, Boontonware Melamine was by the mid 1950's producing 70,000 pieces of plastic per hour in their factory! From schools to boats to hospitals to your table, it was everywhere, and still is years later! Earlier lines were heavy and bulky, the way old melmac should be!  From commercial to popular residential lines including Boontonware Belle, and later the thinner Somerset and Patrician lines. Designed by Belle Kogan, this was one of three largest melamine factories on the East Coast. Rumors that some old molds are used today, exist.  The vintage line is still collected today.




Prolon Ware by Florence Manufacturing Company
Made in Florence, Massachusetts, East Coast  
Commercial lines still bring produced in Mississippi.

Prolon Ware by George Nelson  5gardenias on Etsy Prolon is loved for several reasons. It is among the longest produced melamine dinnerware in the United States of America used commercially in schools, hospitals, restaurants, cafeterias ans foodservice. It is still technically being produced in Mississippi from the commercial line molds.  Originally a sub division of the Prophylactic Brush Company, it's parent company has roots dating back to the late 1800's in Florence, Massachusetts making it a favorite of some collectors due to it's rich history. Enter the mid century mod residential designs from Irving Harper of George Nelson and Associates which make the vintage residential items from  this line very collectible.  Many people still collect Prolon today, it's mottled lunch trays are simply gorgeous. 


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  6. I love the Prolon I have. Better than modern plastic ware! Great site!

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  8. Happened to peruse your blog. Love the information that you provided.I collect clean a dishwasher information. Thought I knew it all until I saw your blog. Great information that I will use again and again!

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