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Melmac is made from a substance called Melamine Resin but many refer to it as just Melamine, which is a hard plastic material. Russel Wright designed dinnerware made of this substance in the mid-1950s. Named the Residential pattern, this dinnerware was first produced by the Northern Plastic Company of Boston and it was so popular that is was later produced by Home Decorators of Newark. Vintage Melmac dinnerware designed by Wright comes in many bold colors and Art Deco lines and patterns. His designs won many awards at the time, but he was not the only designer of Melmac dinnerware.
Having its origins in Germany, British and U.S. designers adopted the use of Melamine after World War II and soon there were hundreds of designers and manufacturers with their own line of Melmac dinnerware. The Branchell Company, Pro Lon Ware, Texas Ware, Boonton, Arrowhead and Brookpark are just a few of the manufacturers producing Melmac dinnerware, so the good news is that if you are a vintage Melmac collector, there are many items on the market to collect and most items cost less than $10. Modern designers that love to spruce up kitchens with the bright and bold color find Melmac just right for the job.
Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, an Antiques Appraisal Show is back. The Senator John Heinz History Center and KDKA-TV encourage Pittsburghers to bring their collectibles to the History Center on Sunday, August 2, 2009 to meet with professional appraisers from a variety of disciplines, including: Militaria, Sports and presidential memorabilia, Antique coins and jewelry, furniture and household items, silver, vases, Books and documents , American and European art, Textiles and Classic Toys