Saturday, July 10, 2010
Today's retro item is Melmac dishware. Those of you old enough will probably remember these dishes from your childhood.
Okay, what is Melmac? Well, Melmac is a trade name for melamine which is a substance man-made in the 1940's by the American Cyanamid Corporation. It is a hard and tough plastic. And this is precisely why it became so popular in the 50's and 60's in a lot of households. It wouldn't break or chip!
This set was made in Canada.
My parents saw the advantages of having this for a family of nine kids. I remember the colours of the set we had....pale green and orange. And it lasted forever.
I saw this set in a collectibles shop a few years ago. I liked it immediately...thought it was very kitchy. And the barbecue motif was what 'sold' me.
They are in remarkably good shape.......no stains or discolouration and only a few faint scratches. It was probably not used that often. Some of the plates are still shiny. Melmac can and does stain easily. As well, it scratches with a lot of use from eating utensils.
I don't use this set. It is stored in a dish rack (which is very functional for storage).
So if you see any Melmac in your travels, I advise to pick it up...it is becoming very collectable.
If it doesn't break, I wonder whatever happened to that old 'family' set? Probably replaced by Corelle dishes.